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    Hello,
    I have done a lot of searching and have yet to find the answer.
    I am looking to keep the original look of the military antenna but use it on an AM/FM car radio. Does anyone know how to do this or what may work?
    I do not have any parts at this time or models in mind. Any help would be appreciated for a novice. If you know how to do a conversion a step by step detail on how you did the conversion would be appreciated.

    I am going for the look in the attached picture.
    Your help is appreciated.

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    I'd like that type of set up on my M135, so I anxiously await the answer.
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    I found this link but not sure if it would also work for the AM/FM radio. Perhaps could do the same thing but would still need to find antennas or could you use any antenna?

    https://www.steelsoldiers.com/showth...r-CB-Use-(pics)

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    You're receive-only with a standard AM/FM radio, so you don't really have to worry much about impedance matching or the like...you just have to ensure that the antenna base doesn't have some kind of filter actively blocking out signals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wire Fox View Post
    You're receive-only with a standard AM/FM radio, so you don't really have to worry much about impedance matching or the like...you just have to ensure that the antenna base doesn't have some kind of filter actively blocking out signals.
    I agree with Wire Fox that just about any military antenna will work because you are in receive mode only. **** a coat hanger or a random length of wire will work. The only thing you may have to look for is an adapter to go from the coax connector on the feed cable to the antenna port on the radio...or make up your own feed cable to have the right connector. I think the hardest part of this will be mounting a civilian radio into the HMMWV and making it look good.

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    The AS-3900’s in the picture are designed for 30-88 MHz so they are not far off. You’ll be fine for rx only.
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    This is what I am going to be trying. The radio is waterproof. IMG_0990.jpgIMG_0991.jpgIMG_0992.jpgIMG_0993.jpg

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    Couple more pics. That's all for now. Heading out to get some grilled oysters!!!!IMG_0994.jpgIMG_0995.jpgIMG_0996.jpg

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    Lowell, Your antenna looks like an AS-3916. Same 30-88 MHz as an AS-3900. It should work just fine.

    Looks like a rugged little unit. How are you going to get power to the radio? Is it 12-24volt?
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    I have a PYLE PSWNV720 converter.

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