Available FM radio stations?


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Available FM radio stations?

Postby PedroTQ » Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:05 pm



G'day to Everyone,

I just spent the last week removing the obsolete wiring from a spare 88 wiring harness, heat-shrinking all the splices and adding some wiring of my own for my park and headlights. This is all good therapy for me and I now have a better understanding of how my machine works.

I do have one query though?

my radio can be tuned into any AM station from 522 to 1629, which is fine, but the FM can only be tuned in from 76.0 to 90.0 but all the stations worth listening to here are 92, 94, 96 and beyond.

I guess I have to buy another radio that is capable of those frequencies, but how could I tell when buying one from e-Bay?

I have attached a shot of the label on the back of my radio, but there is not much information on it.

Best regards, Peter
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Obsolete, removed wiring.
Obsolete, removed wiring.
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Sticker on back of radio.


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Re: Available FM radio stations?

Postby NVSB4 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:16 pm

Peter, go here to download the service manual on the radio.
You may be able to get something from it to help.
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Re: Available FM radio stations?

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:43 pm

I am not 100% sure if this is the issue, but I do know that Asain countries use a different band range than USA does, so is it possable you have a European radio ?
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Re: Available FM radio stations?

Postby redbug » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:22 pm

76-90mhz is Japan frequencies radios. USA is all the way to 108 .
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Re: Available FM radio stations?

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:42 pm

redbug wrote:76-90mhz is Japan frequencies radios. USA is all the way to 108 .


Thats what I thought, and that is the range the OP says he is getting, so I have to assume he has a asain market radio on his bike.

Next question is, can he just "BOLT ON "a American market radio and be ok ?
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Re: Available FM radio stations?

Postby redbug » Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:22 pm

Sure, as long as the fm dial goes to 108 or to specs of the radio and a 12v neg ground. If you are going to replace the radio I would find one with a weather band like a Pyle marine radio. Just a thought, there are a lot to choose from.
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Re: Available FM radio stations?

Postby Uncle Fester » Tue Sep 22, 2015 12:42 am

Judging by the work the O.P. has done, I am going to ASSUME he would rather a US Spec factory radio, but a Ebay find from the US E-BAY site would do fine. . .
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Re: Available FM radio stations?

Postby PedroTQ » Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:51 am

G'day to All, and sorry for the tardy reply,

when I bought this bike I was told that she was imported from Japan (which I thought was a whole lot of sales BS).

I listen to my MP3 player which I successfully linked in to the standard radio thanks to this group. Many thanks for that. :D

It is just when you want to listen to some sports or something different, but now I know.

Thanks again, Peter.
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Re: Available FM radio stations?

Postby kane67 » Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:57 am

Here FM range is 87,5 - 108,00 MHz, both "even/uneven" frequencies are in use by radiostations so I miss some channels as my bike is imported from US.
I wonder how EU export model radios are different, can't be modified easily? :?

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Re: Available FM radio stations?

Postby bassibil » Fri Oct 02, 2015 2:06 pm

My Radio are from US, but in FM, it tunes .2 instead of .1, (goes from 98.8 too 100.00 or down to 98.6, but not 100.1 or 98.7) ) and so forth. skipping almost all of Norways good radiostations. verry annoying, Any tips of how to fix if possible.

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Re: Available FM radio stations?

Postby PedroTQ » Sat Oct 03, 2015 6:12 pm

G'day to All,

I have looked closely at the photos that I took whilst attaching the MP3 player modification. I was hoping to find some "DIP switches", but no!

I guess the little tuning pots have to be molested by someone who knows what they are doing.

Happy and Safe riding to All, Peter
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#1 - 1975 GL-1000 - showroom
#2 - 1976 GL-1000 - sidecar
#3 - 1978 GL-1000 - parts
#4 - 1975 GL-1000 - parts, but had the sidecar
#5 - 1978 GL-1000 - project with grandson (secret parts source)
#6 - 1988 GL-1500 - Flagship!
#7 - 1998 GL-1500C - Valkyrie

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Re: Available FM radio stations?

Postby spiralout » Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:48 pm

PedroTQ wrote:G'day to All,

I have looked closely at the photos that I took whilst attaching the MP3 player modification. I was hoping to find some "DIP switches", but no!

I guess the little tuning pots have to be molested by someone who knows what they are doing.

Happy and Safe riding to All, Peter

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Re: Available FM radio stations?

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:03 pm

PedroTQ wrote:G'day to All,

I have looked closely at the photos that I took whilst attaching the MP3 player modification. I was hoping to find some "DIP switches", but no!

I guess the little tuning pots have to be molested by someone who knows what they are doing.

Happy and Safe riding to All, Peter


The tuning limits and steps are microprocessor controlled, not analog - so more than likely there are jumpers either set or cut somewhere on the PCB that define how the tuning functions for different markets. Examining the PC boards from a US-market and a Japan-market radio closely side-by-side would probably reveal the difference.




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