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Old 10-29-2007, 12:38 PM
Missy2U Missy2U is offline
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Radio Presets On Old Cars

Hi guys. I was sitting watching The Fog (the 1980 version) the other night, and Adrienne Barbeau was on her way to the radio station (the lighthouse) in an old car. I don't know the kind it was but it was a convertible and looked somewhat utilitarian if that matters at all. It showed a picture of her radio in her car and the preset buttons had letters on them. I BELIEVE they were LMKUU. Now it seems to me that in the olden days (back when even I was a kid) my dad's car had letters on the radio preset buttons too.

Can anyone tell me what those letters mean (or if I have perhaps hallucinated this whole thing.)
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Old 10-29-2007, 12:44 PM
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From what I remember as a kid in the 1970s, in European cars, the preset buttons were marked for various bands.

L - longwave (very low frequency broadcast band not used in North America)
M - mediumwave (AM in North America)
U - either shortwave or FM; I can't remember which.

They also doubled as band selection buttons. Instead of a LW/MW/FM or AM/FM switch, the preset tuned the radio to a specific station in a specific band.

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Old 10-29-2007, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Missy2U
Hi guys. I was sitting watching The Fog (the 1980 version) the other night, and Adrienne Barbeau was on her way to the radio station (the lighthouse) in an old car. I don't know the kind it was but it was a convertible and looked somewhat utilitarian if that matters at all. It showed a picture of her radio in her car and the preset buttons had letters on them. I BELIEVE they were LMKUU. Now it seems to me that in the olden days (back when even I was a kid) my dad's car had letters on the radio preset buttons too.

Can anyone tell me what those letters mean (or if I have perhaps hallucinated this whole thing.)
Was it a German radio?

Langwelle
Mediumwelle
Kurzwelle
2xUltrakurzwelle
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:46 PM
Missy2U Missy2U is offline
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Was it a German radio?

Langwelle
Mediumwelle
Kurzwelle
2xUltrakurzwelle
Must have been - it looked foreign anyway.

Thanks so much!!
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