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Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 12:47 am 
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Can anyone help me out?

Once apon a time, in a land far far away, I purchased a new Head Unit and wired it up into my car. Unfortunately, ever since then I've had bad radio reception. When I plug in my stock ford radio however, I get clear reception.
I've just got the standard GLi aerial.
Today at approximately 3:26PM (Yes that's right, ladies and gentlemen) I went and bought a new aerial to see if it would fix the problem but it didn't seem to make a difference.
I plugged the new one in... plugged in the 12V + cable that's attached to it into a power source, and then grounded the aerial aswell.. but nothing.


Any ideas?

By the way the power source is a wire that's underneath my steering wheel that i think is used for a phone kit. I know that it has power going to it however because I've used it to power a switch that turns my driving lights on and off.

Oh.. and don't ask me why I made this a colorful post.

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Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 12:53 am 
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Someones feeling fruity! Part of it may be the earth for the radio maybe? Not sure, my reception isnt overly flash with my pioneer head unit.

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 12:59 am 
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cant really help ya,
But, I've noticed....
Kenwood's have s**t reception but Look ok!
Pioneer's have awesome reception but look s**t!

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:05 am 
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ohh sorry AndrewJ, haven't personally heard of bad reception with a pioneer H/U ever since the "super tuner 2+3" days!

Makes me feel better about buying a Kenwood h/u and having crap reception as well!!


maybe its all the other hi/low/ultra frequencies we're all pumping out into the air nowadays... our AM/FM is getting radiation poisioning

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 2:34 pm 
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The way i understand it, the aftermarket headunits come from overseas markets and in Japan (or Europe for that matter) you're never that far from a radio tower.
Basically the radios dont have very strong tuners.
Headunits made in Aus (the orginal Audiovox) and the ones made for factory supply in your falcon, have much stronger tuners.
I dont think it can be helped.

I do feel it's pretty cr@p though.

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 4:45 pm 
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So it's not my set up? I've got a friend who was having the same problem with this head unit.
That sucks! it's pissin me off

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 5:18 pm 
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...my pioneer headunit i bought about 5 years ago as great reception...whatcha talking bout foo?

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 6:24 pm 
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Ummm....
I think someone living in a capital city isn't really going to have an issue.
It's people out in the 'burbs and people nowhere near the city that will suffer.
I'm in Geelong, so I'm about 100km from Dandenong where most of Melbourne's radio stations transmit from.
It would take a really good tuner...

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 6:38 pm 
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just get a signal booster from jaycar or auto joint fixed my reception heaps
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Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 6:40 pm 
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I have an Alpine headunit and i have my aerial pushed down most of the way and still get awesome reception even 100+kms away.
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Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 7:51 pm 
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who needs a radio lol

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:17 pm 
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XR6 EF wrote:
just get a signal booster from jaycar or auto joint fixed my reception heaps


What is it? How does it work and how to you set it up? i'm willing to try just about anything except getting a new head unit.

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:21 pm 
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just a small box that you plug your antenna cable into then its cable plugs into head unit, only needs acc and earth. cost around $10
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Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:26 pm 
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And it really made a difference?? Hmm... interesting..
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Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:28 pm 
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yeah made huge difference for me,also sound quality was increased mostly picked up better frequency range like better bass.
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