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Re: [T3] Radio question ('71)

On 26 Jan 99, at 21:46, Diane & Dave Burden wrote:

> I happened to be playing with the radio in our '71 Squareback
> this morning while warming the car up in the driveway.  It was
> dark└Í,╚ and I had the parking lights on.  As far as I know,
> the radio is the original one - AM/FM with 2 FM push buttons and
> 3 AM ones.  As I was flipping between AM and FM a few times I 
> noticed the backlight in the radio dial got dim, then bright,
> then dim again.  I finally noticed that while on AM, it was
> lit with the same greenish light the guages are (the dim light
> I noticed), but while on FM the radio was lit with a brighter
> orangish light!

This is not one of the standard Sapphire dealer installed radios.  Is 
it a Blaupunkt?

> We've had the Squareback for 4 or 5 years now and I never noticed
> this change in the lighting of the radio before...

I know of no radios that have dial lights like this.  I suspect that 
you have a bad connection somewhere (possibly inside the radio) that 
changes in response to the shock when you push one of the buttons. It 
is possible that your radio has some kind of shutter that moves in 
front of the bulb when you switch bands. This shutter might have 
carried 2 colors of filters to indicate the 2 modes and possibly one 
filter has fallen off.

> BTW, is the radio *supposed* to do this??

I guess I'm really not sure at this point.  What brand is it?

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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