Military antenna conversion to AM/FM car radio

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Lazboytt

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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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Wire Fox

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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.
 

nattieleather

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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.
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.
 

sigo

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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?
 

lowell66dart

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Actually got the oysters at a little combo grocery/deli/bar 1/2 mile from home. $12 a dozen loaded with cheese!

The radio is in and reception is great. I live between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. 40 miles either way. I was pulling in stations from both cities inside of my metal shop. I am very satisfied.

One hitch. When I went to connect 24 volt power to the converter it sparked like it was shorted. I noticed that there were scratches on both mounting flanges when I took it out of the box this morning. Some dirtbag fried it and returned it. Another one on the way.IMG_0997.jpgIMG_0998.jpg
 

Lazboytt

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Did you have to make any modifications to the base for the antenna? some posts say you have to bypass some of the circuitry inside of it.


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