Featured Product Archive
The inventions and products featured on these pages were chosen either for their
uniqueness in the RF engineering realm, or are simply awesome (or ridiculous) enough
to warrant an appearance.
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for Vintage Radios
- FM 87.5-108 MHz using radio's dial for tuning. Choose where FM starts/ends
- US/Canada buyers will receive a module for 75 µs deemphasis. Others: 50 µs.
- Mono audio output using radio's tube amplifier for listening.
- No additional controls required, no external mods ! - Easy to install: three
grounded holes + grounded bottom layer.
- Powered directly by tube heaters circuit (schematics included in PDF) or a DC
source (16 V max).
- 2ft external antenna is enough in most cases (can be housed in radio cabinet).
- Very compact: 3 cm x 3.5 cm
RF Cafe visitor Bob D. sent me information on this interesting device that
allows owners of vintage AM radios to receive FM stations while using the original
tuning dial to cover the entire 88-108 MHz band. Monsieur David Winter,
of France, is the designer and seller of this
FM-to-AM Converter for Vintage Radios.
Installation and calibration is not for the
faint of heart, since
it involves tapping directly into the circuitry and disconnecting some of the sections
where the device inserts the signal into the audio frequency (AF) section, totally
bypassing the RF and IF sections. A direct connection to the tuning capacitor is
used to tune the module throughout the FM band, which is a primary feature of scheme.
However, it requires the capacitor to be disconnected from all other circuitry to
prevent normal voltages and impedances from adjacent connected components from entering
the integrated circuit (IC). Retaining the AM reception (and possibly shortwave
reception) function requires the installer to devise a custom switching scheme.
It uses the 6.3 VAC vacuum tube (valve) heater supply. In older radios you
need to be sure to locate a "real" ground (common) point to assure the voltage is
properly referenced. The price is €29.90 ($32.83), which is currently the cost
of 7-8 gallons of gasoline in the U.S.
Again, the intention is to allow the original tuning dial to be used for getting
the FM band, so some people (M. Winter hopes many people) will consider the
effort worthwhile in spite of needing to alter the circuitry. Another option might
be to create a sort of "Mr. Microphone"
type device that is completely separate from the vintage radio and converts the
tuned FM station to a low power broadcast somewhere within the AM band. The listener
would simply tune his radio to pick up the manufactured AM signal (there could be
some FCC intentional radiation issues involved). In both cases the stereo component
is lost and the radio would be subject to AM ambient external noise (QRM and QRN),
but the integrity of the radio is preserved, and it's
so easy a caveman can do it.There are (or have been) products available which do just that (Cuthbert FM to
AM Converter MKII, FM2AM), but possibly
due to the aforementioned FCC regulations might not be available anymore except
maybe directly from the designers (don't tell anyone, though).
16 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006
Paris, France Tel: 01 46 33 20
17 - 06 0318 0518
Phone: 01 46 33 20 17 - 06 0318 0518
Posted March 15, 2022