Why cant I get basic AM FM radio?
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Why cant I get basic AM FM radio? 05 Jun 2011 20:00 #6092

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It seems to me that the one thing missing from this neat toy (HomePatrol) is basic AM/FM radio reception. To be extra safe, the local news channels would come in handy. Also I enjoy late night AM talk radio and I like how clear the HomePatrol reception is. Once in a while I want to tune away from all the scum happening and just listen to some classic rock. Is it asking too much to bring in the AM/FM bands? Seems to me, this unit is lacking as an all around safety device by not having a basic AM/FM radio built in. What about sports? I can't even tune into a ballgame with this thing! If your only advice to me is to go out and buy a cheap AM/FM radio, then I guess I proved my point!

Please advise if there is a way to program the unit to receive AM/FM radio stations or if I am asking too much...

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Re:Why cant I get basic AM FM radio? 05 Jun 2011 20:52 #6095

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I don't think the radio is designed to go below 25 mHz.
I don't know what can be done with getting it.
I would think if they can get aircraft signals in 118-140 range,
they might be able to program in 88-108 FM.

Re:Why cant I get basic AM FM radio? 06 Jun 2011 08:15 #6098

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The unit is designed primarily to monitor public safety and other service agencies. Adding AM and FM broadcast would add significantly to the cost and size (would need a ferrite bar antenna for AM, in addition to the filters and front-end circuitry required to receive the low frequency range; would need WFM mode to receive broadband FM used for broadcast).

Re:Why cant I get basic AM FM radio? 06 Jun 2011 22:19 #6104

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I guess that answers that question!

Re:Why cant I get basic AM FM radio? 07 Jun 2011 10:50 #6106

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Well I still think it should have AM/FM radio. This should be a goal and a challenge for the next model. Maybe even some kind of conversion kit or better antenna design etc. Thanks for the answers to my question!

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Why cant I get basic AM FM radio? 13 Jun 2011 14:17 #6147

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Slamdance,

See page 29 in the HP-1 Owner's Manual; Band Coverage.
The AM and FM radio bands aren't programmed into the HP-1.

Stu N3PZT
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