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Am reception Will the Becker 7990 be able to pick up am stations in North America? Are the European stations broadcast at a different frequency to North American stations? Thanks Zack

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  • doberdog Apr 04, 2008

    Do you think that the radio can be modified to receive am in Canada?

  • doberdog Apr 04, 2008


    I like this unit because it looks like the original radio in my car but I have to decide if I can live without am radio. The Bluetooth and Ipod connection are really a great idea. Does Becker make the same radio for the NA market?

  • doberdog Apr 04, 2008

    Thanks for all your help, I might still get it....very frustrating that it is the unit I want but can't use am!!

  • cbro2 Apr 24, 2009

    I can't pick up Major NY radio stations, that end in 0.
    660 WFAN 770 WABC etc.


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I've used this radio for years.  It's a direct replacement for Porsche cars up to about 1998.  Installation is easy and make sure to get the iPod connection cable.  It's an assessory.  
About AM yes there's the 9kHz vs 10KHz, but frankly here in LA it gets better AM reception than the JBL in my new Prius.  The only problem is you can't buy it in NA.  Getting it from the EU is a pain.  But it's worth it

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For FM radio, the head unit should work fine. For AM stations, though, I don't think it'll work. While the 7990 does receive Long Wave, Medium Wave, and Short Wave AM, it will only tune Medium Wave (used in North America) at 9kHz increments instead of the 10kHz increments used in North America.

Reference: Owner's manual
Reference: Wikipedia article on AM radio

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    Tygh Duval Apr 04, 2008

    The medium wave AM stations in Canada are all on 10kHz increments. The only stations you could receive would be those with a frequency that happens to "cross paths" with the 9kHz increments of your head unit. From what I can tell from the owner's manual, there is no way to change the MW tuning from 9kHz to 10kHz.

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    Tygh Duval Apr 04, 2008

    It appears the only products Becker sells in NA are GPS navigation units. No car audio products at all.

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    Tygh Duval Apr 04, 2008

    Glad I could help! Please don't forget to rate the solution. Thanks!


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