Discussion in 'Tape' started by corpblues, Feb 10, 2019.
Why does this 8 track player have an antenna?
Perhaps an early gen remote control?
It was known as an 8 track FM tuner.
I'd like it had a FM transmitter.
Because you could plug one of these into the cartridge slot and convert it to an AM or FM radio (they had one for AM and one for FM):
Edit: Posted a screenshot, hopefully you can see it now.
I was unable to see the image that Audiojones posted but I assume it was something similar to what's shown here:
The interesting thing is the FM radio converter cartridge has its own internal antenna, so what purpose would the antenna on the back of the 8-track player serve and how could it operate as an antenna for a cartridge inserted into the player unless there was some electrical connection between the two? Perhaps the AM radio cartridge was designed in a way that allowed a connection to the antenna to be made when the cartridge was inserted.
Thanks for solving the mystery! It would be cool to find one of those to make the unit complete.
I’ve ordered a belt for it. I’ll report back later if it plays okay with a new belt. Already got twice in this one that it is works, but it is vintage cool
It's actually a picture of the one made for this unit (which does use internal electrical contacts) rather than a universal converter but same idea. Here's a link if that works, I never know what folks can see when I post from my iPad.
There is one for sale on ebay and I'm tempted but I've already got too much invested in the 8 track player.
So tempted to buy something that I did not know existed a few hours ago!
The link to the eBay listing doesn't seem to be working. It is pointing to this URL which brings up nothing:
I had a cassette adapter for my GM 8 track that worked...sorta.
Well how about that, you really CAN find anything on eBay! Hey, it's only 30 bucks...wonder if it actually works?
Well I bought it. Not sure why, other than to reunite the two... Are there automatic radio collectors out there?
Is the transport running the whole time you are listening to the radio?
I also think you should find a cassette to 8 track adapter.
No the transport does run while listening to the radio. The radio actually works well, even the stereo indicator light works.
Well I think that's pretty cool. Glad you grabbed it, may never see one again!
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