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January 6, 2016

The slow sidelining of over-the-air radio


You won'€™t find an AM radio in a Tesla Model X or in other electric cars, such as the BMW i3. One reason is that AM reception is wrecked by electrical noise — especially the kind computing things radiate. Another is that the best AM reception requires a whip antenna outside the car, which no car maker offers any more. - - Doc Searls Weblog ·

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 6, 2016 8:49 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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My 25 year old S10 has an AM-FM cassette and all of it works just fine. But I hardly ever turn it on. It's a stick shift, so I listen to the engine.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2016 1:27 PM

My 2010 Toyota Tacoma had a whip antenna on the right front fender until a tree limb overhanging the roadway whipped it off at the base. That was two or three years ago. Never replaced it because I haven't listened to radio for 10 years or so. Strictly CDs nowadays.

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2016 2:00 PM

Neighbor just got a Tacoma, nice ride. Gun metal gray, 4wd, high topper, all the bells. It's his 3rd truck in current inventory so he has it outfitted as a bug-out. Been thinking about getting me one. Then have the paint done professionally to resemble real tree, and anti-glare on all the windows, end fuel tank, winches, comms, stocked.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2016 7:16 AM

I have a 2003 Tacoma my wife and i bought new when we had a cabin in the high country of Colorado. Needed it for it's ability of staying on top of the snow instead of bogging down when we got off the county roads. Do not live there anymore but will not git rid of the truck, has shown itself to be very dependable. AM/FM cassette CD player. "High Country" seems to have a different meaning in that state than when we lived there.

Posted by: Neither more nor less [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 7, 2016 9:57 AM

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