Include an AM Radio

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Description

Add an in-car AM Radio.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

Some areas have no reception of cellphone, WiFi, satellite radio, nor FM radio, like in the mountains of the state of Colorado. AM radio reception is the only source of weather, news, and emergency announcements in those areas. Highway construction area broadcasts are only receivable on an AM radio. Airports and tourist sites have local AM stations that broadcast parking and event information. That information can only be received on an AM radio. Many local sports broadcasts are blocked on Internet streaming and are only receivable on an AM broadcast radio.

Moderator: More and more new EVs are abandoning AM radio.  Some of that may be due to the amount of noise the car’s electronics generate that bleeds into the AM radio, making AM even lower quality than it already is.

Status

AM radio was available in the early S/X but has since been removed when Tesla switched to digital radio receivers.  Adding AM now would require new hardware and antennas (i.e. not a software change).

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     Created 1-Oct-2018
jd
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One of the major reasons Tesla has no AM receiver is the amount of interference at AM band frequencies produced by the various components of the Tesla. 


Problem is, Amplitude Modulation is the simplest and 2nd most dependable means of communication (After CW/Morse code).

Simple answer? Keep an AM portable radio and spare batteries in the car.

Not all my favorite AM stations stream or are simulcast on an FM counterpart. So I use my AM radio and a rooftop whip, and just consider it something I have to endure in order to enjoy the best automobile around.

 
    Created 6-Jun-2020
AM has been closed the last 7 years in denmark, and most of the neighboring countries

that bandwidth is now relocated to long range data connections

so if I do a scan for a channel it will just loop forever
    Created 3-Oct-2018
The rest of the world beyond California still enjoys the quaint services broadcast by AM radio.
    Created 2-Oct-2018
I like having A M radio I’m from old school
    Created 2-Oct-2018
Highway departments still use AM radio for important messages.
    Created 2-Oct-2018
fonguy
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