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HOW CAN I PLAY CASSETTE TAPES ON AM RADIO? Answered

I would like a cheap and simple way to play from a battery operated cassette player using the earphone jack to an AM radio. prefer to broadcast to the radio which is only a few feet from the tape player. Also if there is a simple way to just hard wire it , that would work also, but I prefer to broadcast. Sound quality is not important.

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mpilchfamily

Best Answer 4 years ago

Why AM?

It's an easy enough project to do but you'll have to build it from scratch. Or you can go buy one of those 100 in 1 electronics project toys. They always have a simple AM transmitter project in them. A simple google search should yield schematics for an AM transmitter.

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OLDCAR

4 years ago

Thanks for the help. As for why Am? What I have is an Am radio from the 1920s that has 2 wires with clips to hook to a 6volt battery, The radio could have been used at home running on batteries or attached to the battery in a vehicle. I have a 1925 model T that I am putting back together and when it is done I thought of using the radio attached to the car battery when parked as an authentic accessory. The problem is that there is no music on Am anymore. For me it is easy to record onto a cassette tape since all I have to do is put it in front of the speaker of whatever the music is coming out of. I assume the same transmitter would work to play from a CD player if I wanted to use one. I found a diagram as suggested and it looks simple enough that I might be able to build the transmitter. Now that radio shack went belly up, is there any place you can walk in and buy parts or do you have order from the internet? One problem that I see is that the instructions tell you to ground the antenna wire to a water pipe etc. Since there aren't any water pipes, what do I do for a ground?

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mpilchfamilyOLDCAR

Answer 4 years ago

In a car you ground it to the car body. I'd look into modifying the radio a bit to get audio input into the radio's amp and connecting an aux jack and maybe even a Bluetooth receiver. Yes you will have to order parts online. You'll get better parts for a better price anyway.

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Downunder35m

4 years ago

There won't be any ready to use circuit or device for the job as most of them use FM.
Best option would be to upgrade with a proper cassette player.
You can check the circuit of the radio and splice the audio signal in before the amplifier but that requires a decent level of knowledge to do.
Both tapes and AM radios have been outphased in the modern world long before we got scared by Y2K...