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Old 12-21-2006, 10:40 AM   #16
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There is a modifcation you can make to your C.Crane transmitter to boost it's power. All you do is make a adjustment inside it. Here are directions on how to do it.

http://www.xmfan.com/viewtopic.php?t=3257
Thanks, I know. My comments are in regard to a tweaked transmitter. I just find it is hit and miss. Some spots outside are not bad. In the house it is as I described it. It is not bad for me, but not "real" good.

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Old 12-21-2006, 10:41 AM   #17
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Something mighty peculiar has gone down with the transmitters in satellite radios. These other transmitters such as the CCrane operate within FCC Part 15 rules, but obviously reach much farther.
hehehehe.... when something smells fishy.. it usually is...
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Old 12-21-2006, 11:31 AM   #18
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Something mighty peculiar has gone down with the transmitters in satellite radios. These other transmitters such as the CCrane operate within FCC Part 15 rules, but obviously reach much farther.
Sirius and XM went way over the limts, got caught and are now under the limits. Other companies haven't been caught and probably exceed FCC Part 15 rules. Some of the imported transmitters might "not be intended for the US market" and intentionally exceed limits. My memory is at least one vendor sold over-powered units as long as you said you weren't going to use it in the United States.
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Old 12-22-2006, 04:06 PM   #19
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I have the Ramsey FM25 that I purchased off of an E-bay seller preassembled. It's a great product that covers more than my entire 150x100 lot, including the basement, second floor and attic. Best purchase I've made in years. That being said, had I known about that CCrane at the time, I would have saved myself a bundle and gone with that. A good whole house transmitter really will cover a whole house, and maybe even a neighbors whole house.
My question is, why does the Ramsey FM25 seem to perform better than any other modulator I've heard about? Is it allowed more power as a kit? I have heard a lot of good things about it over the last two years and if I had the money to throw at it right now I would get one. The CCrane unit is serving my needs but just barely.

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My question is, why does the Ramsey FM25 seem to perform better than any other modulator I've heard about? Is it allowed more power as a kit? I have heard a lot of good things about it over the last two years and if I had the money to throw at it right now I would get one. The CCrane unit is serving my needs but just barely.

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Because they haven't gotten caught and if you read the manual from them they kept on telling you it's your responsibility to comply with rules and regulation and they're merely a part supplier. I suppose that's how they get around with selling these as "final product"
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Which ccrane receiver to use? I noticed that they have a few different models.
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Because they haven't gotten caught and if you read the manual from them they kept on telling you it's your responsibility to comply with rules and regulation and they're merely a part supplier. I suppose that's how they get around with selling these as "final product"
Absolutely... Ramsey actually owes much of its start to supplying pirate radio stations (transmitting tens or hundreds of watts -- thousands or millions of times more than the legal limit for unlicensed transmitters), and over time has become a somewhat more "professional" company.

They're "legit" enough these days I doubt the FCC really could shut them down anymore. The quantity of transmitters they ship is a drop in the bucket compared to the number of Sirius or XM radios sold too, so I can't imagine the FCC would bother.
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Old 12-31-2006, 09:45 AM   #23
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If price were not a consideration I would pick up a Ramsey FM25 in a heart beat. And someday I probably will. It occurs to me I was less than charitable regarding the C.Crane modulator. It is probably the best home solution available at the price. Still the performance will depend greatly on your home construction and layout.

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Default Ramsey Require User Assembly ??

Does this Ramsey transmitter require some user assembly?

How much more does it cost than the C. Crane? Is the additional cost justifiable?

Also, could someone please by a link (preferably with photos) to a "Step-by-Step C. Crane FM Transmitter Strength Modification for Dummies" site for those of us who are technically challenged? It sounds simple from what others have described, but some of us are NOT technically gifted at all.
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Does this Ramsey transmitter require some user assembly?

How much more does it cost than the C. Crane? Is the additional cost justifiable?

Also, could someone please by a link (preferably with photos) to a "Step-by-Step C. Crane FM Transmitter Strength Modification for Dummies" site for those of us who are technically challenged? It sounds simple from what others have described, but some of us are NOT technically gifted at all.
Yes the Ramsey requires assembley. If your handy with a soldering iron it's easy.

You can buy one pre-assembled off Ebay they cost about $130 plus assembly fee.
The C.Crane Is fully assembed cost about $70. Here is the idiot guide to modify it.

http://www.xmfan.com/viewtopic.php?t=3257

The Ramsey FM25B can reach up to 600 feet.
The C.Crane after modification can reach up to 200 feet
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Just received and set up the C.Crane transmitter over the weekend. Outstanding product. Can now pick up the FM signal throughout the house, and even out into the yard.

Very pleased with this purchase -- enhances an already valuable Sirius setup.

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Old 01-03-2007, 07:56 AM   #27
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I received the C. Crane FM Transmitter Saturday and did the mod described here. I get crystal clear reception all over the house and the yard.

It is important to adjust the volume on the C. Crane Transmitter lower until the red light goes out (see the manual) otherwise the broadcast may sound distorted.
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Default C Crane FM Transmitter in car

Has anyone tried using it in their car in place of the new weak FM transmitters included in the new radios?
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Has anyone tried using it in their car in place of the new weak FM transmitters included in the new radios?
I am sure it would work very well in the car. It can be powered by AA batteries.. I'll give it a try tonight and let you know...
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I'm considering the $30 car kit for the CCrane FM Transmitter. Free shipping.
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