Automatic Radio 8 Track Play HE-6779 with an antenna?

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  1. corpblues

    corpblues AK Member Subscriber

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    Why does this 8 track player have an antenna?

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    Perhaps an early gen remote control?
     
  3. Quadman2

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    It was known as an 8 track FM tuner.

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  4. bronco billy

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    I'd like it had a FM transmitter. :)
     
  5. audiojones

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    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):
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    Edit: Posted a screenshot, hopefully you can see it now.
     
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    I was unable to see the image that Audiojones posted but I assume it was something similar to what's shown here:

    https://swling.com/blog/2017/06/mystery-solved-remember-the-8-track-fm-radio-converter/

    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.
     

     

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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    I had a cassette adapter for my GM 8 track that worked...sorta.

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    Well I bought it. Not sure why, other than to reunite the two... Are there automatic radio collectors out there?
     
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    Together again!
     
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    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.
     

     

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    No the transport does run while listening to the radio. The radio actually works well, even the stereo indicator light works.
     
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    Well I think that's pretty cool. Glad you grabbed it, may never see one again!
     
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