Looking to replace broken telescoping antenna for 1990's Radio Shack DX-390 Receiver

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Can anyone point me to a parts supply house or have any information on a suitable aftermarket antenna for this radio? I cannot remember how long the extended length was, but the antenna including the short female mount was approximately 9.5-9.75" long retracted. I recall perhaps 4 or 5 extension lengths. Not sure.
 

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I haven't specifically searched for replacement antennas at these companies, but my favorite go-to parts places are Jameco, Digi-Key, Newark, and Mouser. Also I've seen such antennas at hamfests.
 

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I've got a Sangean ATS-803A. I know, different model from the Sangean/Radio shack model you have.

But I'd expect there to be some similarities….
For the 803:
Collapsed length 245mm total.
Extended length 1384mm total.
7 segments.
Bottom section is 8mm diameter.

The base "tongue" is 2mm wide.
The screw that goes through it is a 2.5mm x 0.45mm thread pitch. 4.5mm in length.
 

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From your information, the tongue width, bottom section diameter and the collapsed length, it appears likely to be the same antenna. The Radio Shack was also sold as a Sangean ATS-818
Do you have any idea if Sangean has a parts business currently?


I've got a Sangean ATS-803A. I know, different model from the Sangean/Radio shack model you have.

But I'd expect there to be some similarities….
For the 803:
Collapsed length 245mm total.
Extended length 1384mm total.
7 segments.
Bottom section is 8mm diameter.

The base "tongue" is 2mm wide.
The screw that goes through it is a 2.5mm x 0.45mm thread pitch. 4.5mm in length.
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Do you have any idea if Sangean has a parts business currently?
No idea.

I'm sure Sangean isn't in the antenna making business. I suspect they buy them from someone else.

If an exact match isn't found, remember that you can remove the rear panel from the radio and install a completely new antenna, including the base/swivel.

If it was me, I'd probably try and salvage one from and old radio, tv rabbit ears, etc.
 

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According to the RS service manual, it is Sangean part number 3606301.
 

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According to the RS service manual, it is Sangean part number 3606301.
Thanks, I just ordered it. Great to be among such a great collective resource!
 
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