Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Paul, who recently shared a link to this Craigslist listing and asked if anyone in the SWLing Post community might be familiar with this Beam Box Electronically Directable FM Antenna.
He included a link to the following review in an archived issue of Radio-Electronics:
The Cragslist post actually included the following images of the owner’s manual:
I’ll admit that I’m not at all familiar with this antenna, but I see how it might have been ideal for a component system. I’m curious if it was FM DX-worthy!
Please comment if you’ve ever owned the Beam Box!
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Adid, who writes:
Check this little gadget for android phones or tablets
If they have the FM app installed than this will come handy.
One needs to select speaker and not earphone as expected.
It works fine here. (I don’t know if Apple phones have an FM module)
Thank you, Adid! Very cool! This little antenna costs $0.90 USD–an insanely low price.
If you have an old set of earphones lying around the house (I probably have two dozen that ship with various radios) you could also snip off the earpieces and use the pigtail as a wire FM antenna.