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Old 03-04-2007, 09:23 AM   #46
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Use a headphone splitter out of the audio out

The transmitter is not an inline confiiguration.

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Old 03-05-2007, 08:12 PM   #47
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Has anyone tried the MobileBlackBox (http://www.mobileblackbox.com)? I like how it can be USB powered and has 1/8 inch audio input. I'd be using it from my PC for the Sirius online connection.
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Old 03-05-2007, 09:11 PM   #48
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Has anyone tried the MobileBlackBox (http://www.mobileblackbox.com)? I like how it can be USB powered and has 1/8 inch audio input. I'd be using it from my PC for the Sirius online connection.

Yes I bought mobileblackbox v5000 model and it works fairly well. The sound quality is good. One thing is as with any FM transmitter that is enclosed in a plastic case it is sensitive to RF noise. I had better results when I put it in a metal enclosure. I eventually bought an EDM transmitter which has much more range and better sound quality but not much more expensive than the other FM transmitters. I think you can get the 10mW unit which has the 120v adapter for 85$ shipping included. check out www.edmdesign.com

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Old 03-21-2007, 08:27 AM   #49
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I bought the CCrane Transmitter about a month ago and it works great! After that little hack, the signal reaches all over my house.

Just as an fyi: CCrane currently has the FM Transmitter on sale for only, $49.95.
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Old 03-24-2007, 11:02 AM   #50
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Just as an fyi: CCrane currently has the FM Transmitter on sale for only, $49.95.
http://www.ccrane.com/detail.aspx?ID...090000KA000000
Thanks for sharing that, I just ordered one. These sales ones are what they call prhans, meaning they were returns, but they have been inspected and still have the same guarantee.

I'm going to try the mod so I can get it throughout my house and hopefully yard in time for the spring here in new england.
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I just got the CCrane, and so far so good. It plugs right into the headphone jack without any other cables needed. I plugged it into the wall, and it's that simple. My stereo system was picking up Sirius and blasting it to my speakers out on the back patio.

I have not done the Mod yet. My stereo is about 15 feet away. My next step is to try the Mod to see if I can get it on my Home Entertainment system about 75 feet away and through a wall.

Without the mod, it's really just a single-room transmitter. I didn't have much luck picking it up in any other rooms.
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Old 03-28-2007, 11:51 AM   #52
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I just got the CCrane, and so far so good. It plugs right into the headphone jack without any other cables needed. I plugged it into the wall, and it's that simple. My stereo system was picking up Sirius and blasting it to my speakers out on the back patio.

I have not done the Mod yet. My stereo is about 15 feet away. My next step is to try the Mod to see if I can get it on my Home Entertainment system about 75 feet away and through a wall.

Without the mod, it's really just a single-room transmitter. I didn't have much luck picking it up in any other rooms.
I did the mod. I simply removed the sticker and turned the screw. Why take the cover off, risk damaging the unit and void your warranty?

I was only able to turn the POT about 1/4 turn, so it was nearly full power already out of the box. For the stereo in the same room, reception is perfect and static free, even without the CCrane antenna up. I can also pick it up real good in adjoining rooms. Going further into the house, I do get some static. I've found that it rally works best with digital tuners. I don't have much luck tuning it in with the dial tuners in other rooms.

My goal is to pick it up with my home entertainment system at the other end of the house. I first need an FM antenna for the HES. I brought a boom box over next to the HES and could tune it in with that, but there was moderate static. So I might also have to attach some wire to the CCrane antenna. We'll see. I'll let you all know how it works.

The other great thing about this CCrane is that it is so small and light. When I take a road trip in my other SUV which does not have Sirius installed or an AUX-in or cassette, I can take the CCrane with me and get very good static free reception in that car.

It gets the job done. I wouldn't really call it a perfect solution for whole-house reception, but with some tinkering it works well. I give it a 8/10... On the other hand, if you were broadcasting from somewhere near the center of your house, I bet it work work everywhere in the house. I am trying to broadcast from one end to the other.
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Old 04-02-2007, 08:45 PM   #53
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Here in staticky Astoria, NY, with a bedroom window view of Manhattan, with the lowest FM frequency jammed with greek and russian pirate signals, the lower bandwith is MINE with this nifty item and the specified mod. It came today, and out of the box, wouldnt xmit to a pocket Sansean fm more than one foot away.

I elected to ease off the back cover and, following this thread's first-page XM directions, it went fine. (the only wires were the rather robust battery connections)

Right now the kitchen radio and the living room stereo (which needs an amplified FM antenna to pull in the indispensible WFMU in East Orange) as well as the bedoom boombox (on top of which the Xact Replay was sitting) are all blasting the signal. Do this. Now.
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I did the mod. I simply removed the sticker and turned the screw. Why take the cover off, risk damaging the unit and void your warranty?

I was only able to turn the POT about 1/4 turn, so it was nearly full power already out of the box. For the stereo in the same room, reception is perfect and static free, even without the CCrane antenna up. I can also pick it up real good in adjoining rooms. Going further into the house, I do get some static. I've found that it rally works best with digital tuners. I don't have much luck tuning it in with the dial tuners in other rooms.

My goal is to pick it up with my home entertainment system at the other end of the house. I first need an FM antenna for the HES. I brought a boom box over next to the HES and could tune it in with that, but there was moderate static. So I might also have to attach some wire to the CCrane antenna. We'll see. I'll let you all know how it works.

The other great thing about this CCrane is that it is so small and light. When I take a road trip in my other SUV which does not have Sirius installed or an AUX-in or cassette, I can take the CCrane with me and get very good static free reception in that car.

It gets the job done. I wouldn't really call it a perfect solution for whole-house reception, but with some tinkering it works well. I give it a 8/10... On the other hand, if you were broadcasting from somewhere near the center of your house, I bet it work work everywhere in the house. I am trying to broadcast from one end to the other.
I'd like to update my MOD post....

So now I got about 6 to 8 feet of speaker wire, and stripped off 2 inches at each end. I wrapped one end around my CCrane antenna. I ran the wire behind the head board of my bed, up to the top of the head board, I then pulled the 2 wires apart along the last few feet of wire to make a "T" shaped antenna. I'm not sure if this helps or not, but I noticed that FM Dipole antennas at radio shack are T shaped.

Anyway, I duck-taped the speaker wire behind the headboard. So now instead of the short CCrane antenna, I have a long antenna, and the height of the antenna increased by a few feet.

Does anyone think this speaker wire made much of a difference?

IT MADE AN INCREDIBLE DIFFERENCE!!!

I get perfect, static free reception in every room in the house, the garage, anywhere in the yard. I can use any radio, digital tuner, dial tuner, whatever. This little speaker wire MOD converted my CCrane from a 2/3 house transmitter to a local radio station.

I got in my car and tuned it in and started driving. Based on rough estimations using my car's odometer, I can pick up the CCrane signal if I am within a circle of a diameter of about 1/4-mile. I make this assumption based on the fact that I can drive a little over 1/10-mile down the street before losing the signal. Plus I can pick it up on the next block infront of and behind my house.

The CCrane is GREAT!!!!!! And it's amazing how much a simple piece of wire on the antenna helps. Out of the box it broadcasted about 25 feet, after the mod, maybe 60 to 70 feet, after the mod and the extended antenna: A QUARTER-MILE!!!!!! Woo Hoo..

I highly recommend it to anyone. Good luck.

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Old 04-04-2007, 04:38 PM   #55
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can you post any pics of your setup. Sounds great Id love to see how its all set up and how you attached the wire to the antenna
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can you post any pics of your setup. Sounds great Id love to see how its all set up and how you attached the wire to the antenna
Nothing really to post. It's this simple:
I have a Sportster replay Boombox, CCrane plugged into the boombox headphone jack. The extended antenna is just some old speaker wire. I simply stripped off 2 inches and wrapped it around the top of the CCrane antenna, just twisting by hand. Nothing fancy or innovative here.

That's it.

The speaker wire is ugly, so I hid it behind the bed headboard, which happens to be right next to the table where the boombox and CCrane sit.
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Im going to try it with my ramsey transmitter. I have been trying to upgrade my antenna to get a little more range and havent had much luck. Well see if this works.
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Old 04-05-2007, 07:39 PM   #58
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So now I got about 6 to 8 feet of speaker wire, and stripped off 2 inches at each end. I wrapped one end around my CCrane antenna.

Does anyone think this speaker wire made much of a difference?

IT MADE AN INCREDIBLE DIFFERENCE!!!
I've been irritated with the static and struggling to keep the signal tuned in from my S50, but didn't want to spend the money on another transmitter since it covered most of where I used it at home. I lost my little FM wire for the FM out plug so I used some old wire and bought a jack at RS and made a longer one and the difference is amazing. Clear reception and a little bit more range. No more fidgeting with it when I just want to relax in the hot tub. I've got to run a wire for my subwoofer and I think I'm going to just pull a long-ass piece of wire under the molding with it and make a built in FM transmitter wire and just bring the end up where my S50 is mounted.

Also, when I removed my FMDA since it doesn't work (I think I shorted it out or something) I didn't plug the antenna back into the radio. I'm wondering if I connect the FM out to the Antenna coax, if it would work in the opposite direction?
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Nothing really to post. It's this simple:
I have a Sportster replay Boombox, CCrane plugged into the boombox headphone jack. The extended antenna is just some old speaker wire. I simply stripped off 2 inches and wrapped it around the top of the CCrane antenna, just twisting by hand. Nothing fancy or innovative here.

That's it.

The speaker wire is ugly, so I hid it behind the bed headboard, which happens to be right next to the table where the boombox and CCrane sit.

I tried attaching some wire like you suggested and It definatley made an improvement although I still cant get as far as I wanted to be able to get. Thanks for the suggestion!
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I bought the CCrane transmitter after reading this thread about a month ago. I couldn't see how peeling the sticker off would give me the proper access to do the modification, so I carefully unscrewed the back, gently turned the screw all the way to the right, re-fastened the back, and that was all I needed. I just have to keep the volume low on the transmitter to avoid distortion, but I can turn it up as loud as I want on the radio itself. It's broadcasts all over as is; in fact if I added extra wire to the existing antenna I'd probably be able to start my own pirate station
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