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Old 11-14-2007, 08:02 PM
LazeDad LazeDad is offline
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Default Improve FM reception

While at work (cubicle) I would like to listen to FM on the Pilot, but the reception is terrible. I've tried a 5 foot stereo extension cable with the earbuds attached to the cable, which helped some but not enough - still a lot of static and the music drops in and out.

Ideas:
1. I have an extra amplified antenna, similar to the Terk amplified AM/FM antenna that I have plugged into the 75 ohm jack on the back of my home stereo. Since the connector is 'F' type, I think I would need an F-Type (Female) jack (to connect to the antenna) to 3.55mm miniplug adapter (connect to the Pilot). I've seen these advertised (similar to the following):
http://www.autotoys.com/x/product.php?productid=2102

2. Buy an amplified antenna with a 3.55 miniplug - typically advertised for cars - and somehow convert it from 12V to AC. Here's a link for one:
http://www.autotoys.com/x/product.php?productid=838

Any thoughts on these approaches? Alternatively, does anyone have any suggestions for an office cube dweller who would like to listen to/record from the FM?
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Old 11-14-2007, 11:25 PM
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try to see if that station has web streaming.. It's kinda hard to pick up FM in an office building.. Just my opinion.
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:13 PM
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Default Need better FM reception to use the record feature

Thanks for the reply!

Not doing the web streaming, as I'm interested in taking advantage of the 'record from FM' functionality on the Pilot.

Any other thoughts or ideas?

Appreciate it!
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Old 11-15-2007, 09:39 PM
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I looked at your option #1 and that looks pretty cool.. I didn't even know those existed! Give that a try- for a $5 part, even if it doesn't work so great, you're only out $5!
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Old 11-21-2007, 03:44 PM
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Did you try a dipole design? Like this: http://www.willus.com/author/antenna.shtml

I don't know if that would be electrically much different from your 5 foot cord, but it might be worth a shot.
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