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    The stock AM reception SUCKS on my 88. They publish traffic info on 1720 and the radio only goes to 1710. Real helpful folks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    I get the upgrade thing, but I don't get why they paid to develop a digital one when they had a conventional analog AM already.
    I wouldn't think there's that much to develop, really. They already had the tech for the FM and up stuff so all they had to do was adapt AM in the mix. Sounds like a shoe-in.
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    I expect there are specific parts. Mono amplifier, difference faceplate, stuff like that.


    I didn't even know the AM band went as high as 1720. In the ancient days it quit at 1600 but by the 80s I think it was up to 1710. AM reception is very prone to electrical interference so bad grounds anywhere, bad plug wires, nearby power lines, etc all screw with it. In the car most of the grounds are probably not in good shape after 30 odd years. The AM in my diesel is great until I get near power lines, then it just goes away. it does have a bit of alternator whine but nothing bad. Not a single one of my gas powered vehicles has usable AM.

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    That be part of the adaptation process. Just like how there are differences between Mercury and Ford Panthers. Both were still profitable for FoMoCo, no?

    I sure as hell didn't. The last time I tried to even tune AM was in my '69 Plymouth back in high school. I think the only people who use AM are the ole fuddie-duddies who love NPR or whatever.
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    NPR is on FM bands.

    AM seems to usually be political talk radio, some country stations, and gospel stuff. That said, when they turn the transmitters up at night, I can pull in 650 AM, which is WSM from Nashville. They run classic country, some live performances, and will feature the Grand Ole Opry.

    I can still get AM in the ‘97, but it’s gone in the ‘87.

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    Just going to borrow this thread for a moment...
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