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Old 01-31-2006, 03:43 PM   #1
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There's been a bunch of information regarding whole house transmitters. Here are all the links in one handy spot -- including my comments

This Radio Shack unit is $30 --- you can return it if you don't like it -- they are stocked on the web as well as in stores.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...entPage=search

This is a Pyle unit for $23

http://www.audio-warehouse.com/web/mdl/PLMD1/detail.asp

note: The Pyle unit requires a 12 volt cigarette lighter connector style adapter (120 AC in 12 V DC 1000 milliamps or 1 amp output) such as:

http://store.yahoo.com/semsons-inc/acwaplto12vd.html

This is the unit I own and it works very well -- altho if I had know about the Radio Shack I prlby would have tried that first -- this one is the TAW Whole House Transmitter for $65 -- it's only selectable to four bands in the upper end of the FM dial.

http://www.tawglobal.com/

This looks like a pretty slick little unit that lets you select any frequency btwn 88 and 108 -- $70 --- most of the above units limit you to the number of selectable freqs

http://www.ccrane.com/radios/fm-tran...ansmitter.aspx

This seems to be on of the rolls royce of units -- it's a kit and looks to be pretty powerful (and pricey) - $140

http://www.ramseyelectronics.com/cgi...tion&key=FM25B

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If anybody wants to do a good deed and they are a member of the Stern Fan Network board (I'm not a member and don't wish to go thru all the BS you have to do in order to join) -- you might wish to copy and paste and post this info on the SFN as there seems to be a lot of misinformation about how economically get Sirius on every radio that you own.

I don't know how many folks new to the Sirius medium realize that a single Sirius unit in conjunction with one of the above xmitters can be used to broadcast Sirius to every FM radio in your entire house, apartment, patio, garage etc etc etc etc It's all legal; just connect the transmitter to the audio output (headphone or line) of your Sirius unit, set the Xmitter to an FM band and tune your radio(s) to that band.

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Old 01-31-2006, 06:52 PM   #2
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No offense, but it really is not that big of a hassle to get signed up on the Stern board. I would hope all the Stern fans are reading other parts of this board to get advice or suggestions from other users. Thanks for you research on these products.
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Old 01-31-2006, 06:54 PM   #3
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Great information.

Thanks.

I use this little unit when I have either XM or SIRIUS online. I just plug this into the PC speakers and it does pretty good for the money.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=2603620

Most of the ones you listed will probably do a better job though.
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-- this looks like a pretty cool little FM Xmitter -- and the price, $34, aint too shabby

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=2603620

plus spraWalmart has a pretty great return policy if the unit fails to work out.

One caveat ---

From what I gather after reading their little blurb, you'll need to add another tenish or so dollars to the price. I may be mistaken but it seems that for home use, you'll need a cigarette lighter to 120 V AC adapter powersupply that outputs 12 volts at 1 amp.

as far as the SFN BB, no thanks; that 30/30 policy is not for me

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Old 01-31-2006, 07:48 PM   #5
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Great information.

Thanks.

I use this little unit when I have either XM or SIRIUS online. I just plug this into the PC speakers and it does pretty good for the money.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=2603620

Most of the ones you listed will probably do a better job though.
If most PNPs have this built in why do you need this?I can get two blocks with mine.
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Great question -- my PNP2 when used in the house with the car cradle and a 12 volt to 120 adapter can barely send an FM signal 3 feet. There are prbly some models of Sirius units that have a somewhat stronger FM Xmitter.

The idea of buying and connecting a stronger dedicated Xmitter is quite simple.

If you'd like to hear sirius in the garage, or bathroom or living room, or basement or outside in the yard or wherever your travels around the old hacienda might take you and wish to avoid moving, plugging in and dealing with the antennea.....if all you want to do is turn on a regular old FM radio anywhere on your property and get Sirius a dedicated Xmitter is an econommical and easy way to go.

hope that answers your question

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If most PNPs have this built in why do you need this?I can get two blocks with mine.
The built in transmitters aren't all the same. Some have great range, while others can barely get out of the room they're sitting in. If you check the forums, you'll see the topic "weak transmitter" is a common complaint.
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Great information.

Thanks.

I use this little unit when I have either XM or SIRIUS online. I just plug this into the PC speakers and it does pretty good for the money.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=2603620

Most of the ones you listed will probably do a better job though.
If most PNPs have this built in why do you need this?I can get two blocks with mine.
I just use this to plug into my PC speakers while I'm listening online. I can listen on an FM radio one floor above where my PC is.
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I went to Radio Shack today and found there wirless FM Transmitter and saw the range on it and it only does 10-30 feet of range, that does not work for me! So I will have to buy one of these other FM Transmitter on the net, so thx ESFlash on posting these links on where I can find them!
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If you do not want to solder but want the best FM transmitter, check out Hobbytron for the Ramsey FM25B(Wired,Tested & Fully Assembled).

http://www.hobbytron.com/Synthesized...ansmitter.html
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whew -- wish I had done some of this research before I bought the FM Xmitter I currently have (I'm not complaining but the $45 unit described below shreds the TAW Whole House Trasnmitter I own - in terms of features and range; plus it less expensive).

I just got off of the Hobbytron site that setscrew mentions. They have quite a selection goodies.

This unit in particular caught my attention:

http://www.hobbytron.com/fm-radio-transmitter.html

200 foot range (10 milliwatts of RF output with adjustable stereo separation -- this unit is like have a mini radio station).

It operates on 5 to 15 volts DC and comes either as a kit, $45 or assembled, $65.

at any rate -- if your current Sirius unit has a feeble transmitter, there are quite a lot of inexpensive choices out there to broadcast to every FM radio that you own. ------------ on the upbeat ---- Flash
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Yeah and you think a hobby transmitter is going to stay LOCKED on frequency?Thats the ramsey fm-10 reboxed under a different name.

Your probably better off with the Fm-25
http://www.ramseyelectronics.com/cgi...tion&key=FM25B

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http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProdu...duct_Id=140984
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-- this looks like a pretty cool little FM Xmitter -- and the price, $34, aint too shabby

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=2603620

plus spraWalmart has a pretty great return policy if the unit fails to work out.


Question: Would this eliminate the static that i'm getting in my car? I've tried different frequencies from 87.7 - 88.1 and currently using a "pigtail", but I'm still getting static from time to time. It is SO frustrating.

Would this solve the problem? If not ... what will???

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Question: Would this eliminate the static that i'm getting in my car? I've tried different frequencies from 87.7 - 88.1 and currently using a "pigtail", but I'm still getting static from time to time. It is SO frustrating.

Would this solve the problem? If not ... what will???
I have no idea if a stronger Xmitter would eliminate or reduce the interference.

Your best bet might be try one of the ones listed from walmart or radioshack or anyplace that has a liberal return policy. Now that eyepuds are everywhere, you can find all sorts of transmitters that are set up for auto use.

Folks speak highly of the pyle unit, which is very reasonably priced, and that comes ready to be plugged into a cigarette lighter jack.

Some thoughts.

I'm not eggsackly sure what you mean by a "pigtail" -- audiovox makes a hard wired antenna switch which essentially sends the output from your sirius unit directly into the antenna jack on your cars radio -- if you are currently using this type of switch and that is what you mean by a pigtail, you might want to try reseating all your connections.

If your sirius unit has a menu that relates to the FM modulator you might want to determine if all is set correctly. You may also be getting interference from your ignition system (ie: crapped out spark plug wires) -- auto stereo places sell various "fixes" that you can place inline with your radio; but if the problem is a super strong radio transmission signal in your area, you may be out of luck with your current set up.

After dicking around with the my PNP2 for the longest time, constantly yanking it in and out of my car and house, I finally bit the bullet and scored a dedicated head unit (Kenwood EZ700SR) and retired the PNP2 to the house and only use indoors with a boombox and a TAW Total House Transmitter which works very well for my purposes

Wish I could be more help, perhaps others here have some ideas how you can reduce the static without it costing you a small fortune.

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I'm not eggsackly sure what you mean by a "pigtail" -- audiovox makes a hard wired antenna switch which essentially sends the output from your sirius unit directly into the antenna jack on your cars radio -- if you are currently using this type of switch and that is what you mean by a pigtail, you might want to try reseating all your connections.

If your sirius unit has a menu that relates to the FM modulator you might want to determine if all is set correctly. You may also be getting interference from your ignition system (ie: crapped out spark plug wires) -- auto stereo places sell various "fixes" that you can place inline with your radio; but if the problem is a super strong radio transmission signal in your area, you may be out of luck with your current set up.

Wow ... thanks for the great info. Some questions:

1. What is the audiovox piece you're referring to here? The pigtail I'm referring to is a little wire (actually it's an earbud that hooks into a cell phone. I clipped off the ear bud, left the wire dangling and plugged into my Replay receiver). Doesn't really work. There's still "white noise", static. It's more noticeable on the talk channels.

2. Would this be fixed if I unhooked my car's factory antennae? Or would I still be getting this white noise?

3. I just thought if I boosted my fm receiver signal with this stupid pigtail, it would help. I've tried several different frequencies and the noise is still there.

4. I don't think it has to do with the ignition intereference because it is constant.

Thoughts?

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