[Author Prev][Author Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Author Index][Thread Index]
how to connect the A4's radio ?
In message <firstname.lastname@example.org> email@example.com writes:
> Why doesn't the radio turn off?!?
I can offer a personal theory ...
Way back when the ur-quattro was just a potential future, Audi got quite
interested in ergonomics. One of the companies they talked to at that time was
Philips Autoradio, a division of Philips Eindhoven based in Wetzlar in Germany.
Philips did some work in co-operation with Munich University. The idea was to
make car radios easier to use - the immediate result was the Philips
AC990/AC994 radio. I think it came onto the market in 1979 or 1980, and it was
one of the factory options in the very first Audi 80Qs.
The radio is a little like a scanner - it has 7 banks each containing 10
frequencies. The idea is to store all of the frequencies used by your
favourite radio station (remember - this is Germany - everything is VHF/FM and
hilly). Per default, the radio was programmed with buttons P1 to P6 selecting
NDR2, WDR2, HR3, SWF3, SDR3 and BR3.
"Ununterbrochenes Verkehrsfunk-Programm von Flensburg bis Garmisch"
(P7 controlled the 49m band, medium wave, long wave, etc.)
This was _very_ _much_ a recommended option - we had several fitted in our
Audi 80 fleet, and I still have mine to this day in the ur-quattro.
It has one curious characteristic - after a few minutes it goes silent for half
a second. I think it's at two, ten, thirty and fifty minutes. Then it
works faultlessly all day. The Germans say it's "systembedingt", which I've
never believed. But it _is_ irritating. Supposedly it's checking the memory
banks against the programmes it's receiving.
I think the maintenance of radio power with the ignition off is partly because
of this radio (and perhaps others like it).
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club