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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 3:32 pm    Post subject:  Antenna questions.. Reply with quote

Our antennas are on the back window, correct? What's the best way to deliver a (fm) transmitting antenna to somewhere near that antenna? And what about insulation?

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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 3:42 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

looking to use an FM modulator for an MP3 player or something like that? If so, doesnt need to be near the antenna, just in the car.

However, FM modulators have gotten very weak over the years, the FCC lowered the allowable wattage on them a ways back and they are horrible now.

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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 4:34 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yep. Mine doesn't allow the connecting device to be loud enough, which sucks, and i get static a lot. I took it apart and the antenna is some soft medal peice that connects the plug in and allows the unit to bend. Using a better antenna (from an rc airplane remote) It was able to carry about 100' in my house. It sucks, but I need to make do. : )

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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 8:22 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Mine ran on 3v, I changed a few internal parts and now run 12v into it. I have gotten about 150-200' range now. I use it at my other job and broadcast to almost the entire 30,000sqft building.

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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 8:40 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Can you tell me how you did it and the parts needed?

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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 9:43 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Can you tell me how you did it and the parts needed?


for what I did, every one is different, so cant tell you what to change

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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 9:50 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Oui, that's what I'm looking into. I'd like to increase the range. Once I fix me PSP i'm go back to that.

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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 2:48 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Keep in mind that if you alter transmitting devices and it goes beyond what the FCC limits are, you run the risk of some hefty fines if you get caught. Fortunately, I have NEVER seen an FCC vehicle driving around unless someone is running an underground radio station without approval... I'm not telling you to NOT do it, but just warning that there can be some serious consequences if you get caught. (I hate working in communications by the way!)
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 11:51 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Keep in mind that if you alter transmitting devices and it goes beyond what the FCC limits are, you run the risk of some hefty fines if you get caught. Fortunately, I have NEVER seen an FCC vehicle driving around unless someone is running an underground radio station without approval... I'm not telling you to NOT do it, but just warning that there can be some serious consequences if you get caught. (I hate working in communications by the way!)


Yea, I'm not too worried about the fcc knockin' on my door for that. lol

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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 7:46 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Keep in mind that if you alter transmitting devices and it goes beyond what the FCC limits are, you run the risk of some hefty fines if you get caught. Fortunately, I have NEVER seen an FCC vehicle driving around unless someone is running an underground radio station without approval... I'm not telling you to NOT do it, but just warning that there can be some serious consequences if you get caught. (I hate working in communications by the way!)


they arent looking for the guy that boosts his FM modulator from 1/4 watt to 1/2 watt. They are looking for the guy that is pumping 2500 watts through a linear amp. Even then, I doubt they are really out there looking.

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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 9:12 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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scottb1982 wrote:
Keep in mind that if you alter transmitting devices and it goes beyond what the FCC limits are, you run the risk of some hefty fines if you get caught. Fortunately, I have NEVER seen an FCC vehicle driving around unless someone is running an underground radio station without approval... I'm not telling you to NOT do it, but just warning that there can be some serious consequences if you get caught. (I hate working in communications by the way!)


they arent looking for the guy that boosts his FM modulator from 1/4 watt to 1/2 watt. They are looking for the guy that is pumping 2500 watts through a linear amp. Even then, I doubt they are really out there looking.



FCC enforcement? HaHaHaHaHa! They haven't been out looking for years, simply no people to do it.

And even back "in the day", we're talking some 35 years ago, it took them over 6 months to track down a pirate AM station operating right in the middle of the dial between two mega-stations, in a major city. Don't ask me how I know this.. Cool
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 10:01 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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they arent looking for the guy that boosts his FM modulator from 1/4 watt to 1/2 watt. They are looking for the guy that is pumping 2500 watts through a linear amp. Even then, I doubt they are really out there looking.


very true. I'm sure they would just shrug it off, but if we do get government officials that DO care, they *CAN* enforce it. There is always a FCC warning in the manual for anything that transmits (and possibly recievers too, but don't remember.) If you adjusted the capability (power level, frequency, physical properties) and it causes interference on someone else's stuff, they *CAN* call and put in a complaint. Luckily, 99% of the people don't care or don't know. I'd say you're safe, I just felt obligated to make known the risks, however unlikely.
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 12:37 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

whats this "manual" you speak of? Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 12:43 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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whats this "manual" you speak of? Laughing


I know, I know... most people (myself included) don't read product manuals. Where is the fun in that when you can just figure it out on your own?
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