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Old 08-06-2005, 07:20 AM   #1
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Here's my dilemma: I live in NJ but I'm a Miami Dolphins fan. My plan going into this NFL season is to drive my car to a sports bar that will broadcast the games, leave my sirius radio on in the car and bring in a walkman to the bar so i can receive audio while watching the game. My problem is the FM transmitter on the radio only has a range of 30 or so feet. I could be around 200 or so feet away and inside a building. I need to get some kind of FM transmitter that is powerful enough to broadcast the signal into the building so I can still pickup the sound. Anyone have any luck with this or know where I can get one? I'm not really looking to break the bank here but will be reasonable.

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There is an external modulator with some punch... The Pyle PLMD-1 It's about 20 bucks.

A lot depends on how sensitive your walkman is, but if you put the unit up high on the dash of your car and there are no major obstructions,, (metal buildings etc) the PLMD-1 will transmit about 1/4 mile to another car radio.

Car radios are generally more sensitive because they have a large external antenna and they're built for picking up weak signals out on the highway..

Your walkman will be a bit more limited, but you should be able to get at *least* 200 feet if it's a good unit.

Here's a previous thread on the subject.

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There is an external modulator with some punch... The Pyle PLMD-1 It's about 20 bucks.

A lot depends on how sensitive your walkman is, but if you put the unit up high on the dash of your car and there are no major obstructions,, (metal buildings etc) the PLMD-1 will transmit about 1/4 mile to another car radio.

Car radios are generally more sensitive because they have a large external antenna and they're built for picking up weak signals out on the highway..

Your walkman will be a bit more limited, but you should be able to get at *least* 200 feet if it's a good unit.

Here's a previous thread on the subject.

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this looks pretty sweet. i'd certainly feel better if it offered more channels but it looks like the range is very good. since you have this item let me tell you my setup and let me know if you think i'll have any interference problem.

I have the JVC 2000 hardwired into an aftermarket head unit in my car. It's power comes from the cigarette lighter. The JVC unit is mounted to the car about 3 inches away from the cigarette lighter. I can turn on my unit when the car is off. I bought a splitter for the cigarette lighter to be able to also use a radar detector however my car also has another cigarette lighter source i could potentially use. Do you think with the cable needed to connect the Pyle to the JVC being so close to the cigarette lighter I will pickup the annoying hum? Does the Pyle unit itself need to be away from the electronic equipment or do the wires have to be far away from it as well? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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I use a ramsey FM10. It works great and has the option of either a cigarette lighter power of a 9v battery.

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I can't help you the FM transmitter question, but you should know that the radio feed from Sirius will be about 10 to 15 seconds behind the TV feed. This is ok at home when you can delay the TV feed using a DVR, but at a sports bar you usually don't have that option.
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I can't help you the FM transmitter question, but you should know that the radio feed from Sirius will be about 10 to 15 seconds behind the TV feed. This is ok at home when you can delay the TV feed using a DVR, but at a sports bar you usually don't have that option.
yeah, i found that out during the playoffs last year. i know there is a little bit of a delay when using directv too but any sound is better than no sound.
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Do you think with the cable needed to connect the Pyle to the JVC being so close to the cigarette lighter I will pickup the annoying hum? Does the Pyle unit itself need to be away from the electronic equipment or do the wires have to be far away from it as well? Any help is greatly appreciated.
No, you shouldn't get hum using the transmitter in a car..

Hum comes from being near wires carrying the standard household 60hz alternating current. It can also come from the DC wall transformer if it isn't filtered enough... Everything in your car is powered from pure DC coming from a battery.. There should be no source for hum.
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this looks pretty sweet. i'd certainly feel better if it offered more channels but it looks like the range is very good. since you have this item let me tell you my setup and let me know if you think i'll have any interference problem.

I have the JVC 2000 hardwired into an aftermarket head unit in my car. It's power comes from the cigarette lighter. The JVC unit is mounted to the car about 3 inches away from the cigarette lighter. I can turn on my unit when the car is off. I bought a splitter for the cigarette lighter to be able to also use a radar detector however my car also has another cigarette lighter source i could potentially use. Do you think with the cable needed to connect the Pyle to the JVC being so close to the cigarette lighter I will pickup the annoying hum? Does the Pyle unit itself need to be away from the electronic equipment or do the wires have to be far away from it as well? Any help is greatly appreciated.
I'll vouch for the Pyle too. I use mine in the house with the JVC 2000, and can get the signal about a block away on my car radio. I wouldn't worry about the limited channels. The signal is strong enough that I would think it would overpower another FM broadcast signal provided you're seat at the bar isn't too far way from your car.
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