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Author Topic: In search of Car stereo with shortwave  (Read 91392 times)

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« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2014, 09:50:29 PM »

Back in the mid-1960s, Sony had an AM/FM/SW radio that came with an under-the-dash mounting bracket  I bought one in Japan and brought it home after my active USNR time.  I got a brand new 1966 Plymouth (!) Valiant (!!) with the 273 CID engine (!!!) and installed the radio.  It worked perfectly.  It wasn't stereo, and the one speaker, mounted in the radio itself, pointed straight down to the floor, but my wife and I were able to listen to lots of DX on trips between Bremerton and Vegas.  I wish I still had the radio - and the car!


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« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2014, 05:20:37 AM »

For sale Brand new, never used unopened Sony Shortwave/AM/FM/ Car radios plus cd and USB DIN1
Will ship worldwide if willing to pay shipping
mail at for info 

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« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2014, 10:48:48 AM »

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« Reply #18 on: August 26, 2014, 10:57:14 AM »

If anyone is still looking for one of these Sony car stereos with shortwave band coverage, I have some.  Look me up on eBay and you will see my auction.  My eBay seller ID is "joefan98"

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« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2014, 06:56:00 AM »

Can't help you out with the issue of your screen name. But, wrt short wave receivers for auto's: I'm aware of both Blaupunkt and Becker car radios with SW and MW in the 50's thru the early 70's (fitted to VW, Porsche, and Mercedes, and even Jag' name a few). Some were very good, all were analog. Don't know for sure whether anyone has produced "digital" era radios with the SW/MW capability. But, as popular and useful as those bands are in Europe, I'd be surprised if European manufacturers (like Blaupunkt) haven't continued to offer radios with that capability. Forty or so years ago, they even offered SW converters/adaptors for radios with only the LW broadcast band. If you can't find any SW/MW Blaupunkt or Becker on the web, you might try some German/European car salvage yards or operations. My '72 Volvo P1800 at one time had a Blaupunkt that covered LW/MW/SW, but it was monaural....not stereo. Forty years later......wish I hadn't "upgraded" to digital stereo.

Good luck....  I had a '71 142 E witha  Becker Europia radio  and the Hirshman SW converter installed in the glove box.  More than once I fooled an unsuspecting ham sitting in the back seat into thinking all those bands were in the radio itself.

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« Reply #20 on: November 09, 2014, 10:36:28 AM »

I bought a Becker Mexico for my car 9 years ago and that has SW.
49m and 41m I think. It's a very good radio in fact with 2 FM tuners
to enable even more seamless transition between the frequencies.
I suspect it didn't sell well because it doesn't have flashing pulsating
LEDs in a hundred colours.
The Mexico model has however had numerous iterations so don't just
assume that all Mexico models have SW. But they probably do as it
was their top model.

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« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2016, 05:47:37 PM »

Try      This is  remote mounted unit that tunes with a key fob controller and you hear audio on
your FM radio.  If you have RDS on your FM radio, you also see the shortwave frequency.   Covers full shortwave band. 

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« Reply #22 on: May 19, 2016, 07:26:44 AM »

Pure and simple, the reason that there's such a problem to acquire a SW auto radio in the US market is because there's no incentive to produce or market one. And not only that, unless your interest is in religious domestic SW stations how many English language broadcasts are beamed to North America?  There are just a handful: Radio Romania, China, India, Havana, just a small amount which to me doesn't make it worth the effort.  As a matter of fact the only people who push the SWL pastime these days are the guys who believe that their boat anchors should still command some elite price point when they try to sell them.  There's very little of interest anymore that we can hear in NA.  There would naturally be a larger market for SW radios in South America, Asia, and Africa.  Some of my observations bear this out when I go to hamfests; I see many fully functional Hallicrafters, Hammarlunds, Nationals, etc. going for very low prices and no one buys them.  Collectors who pile this crap up to the ceiling just to look at them have some good, cheap pickings these days.

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« Reply #23 on: May 20, 2016, 03:47:12 AM »

 SWL in a car in the U.S. may be an indulgence for those who are enthusiasts and there are some choices out there.
 KARADIO offered the 80-C shortwave car radio in the early '50's. There are probably none around now and it was back when cars were 6 volts. A modern receiver would be a much better choice.
 I haven't seen a used Philips DC-777 mentioned yet and would put that out there as a possibility:
 I think that it got good reviews in Monitoring Times back in the '90's.
 Mobile SWL hardware outside the U.S. is probably more useful than it is here, but there is always something to listen to.
 I leave for work before dawn and listen to AM-DX on my way in. Local late night programming can lack in many ways. I don't care to listen about flying saucers or political drama call-in shows. There are times you stumble upon something that is actually pleasant and unexpected to listen to.
 Sometimes when driving next to telephone poles out in the rural areas, the RFI is worse than the city. Broadband internet noise?
 I hardly ever listen to FM and my wife never listens to AM. She had a free 90-day SiriusXM trial with her new Jeep, but I can't see paying a monthly subscription for radio.
 I upgraded my car radio to a Chrysler RAK with RDS, so I am contemplating  the BST-1 converter mentioned a couple of posts above. RDS will allow you a frequency readout in the display.
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