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how to improve FM signal on car/toolbox stereo

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by Justus, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. Nov 14, 2013 at 1:43 PM
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    Justus

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    So I got this thing at lowes............ FM signal isnt the greatest. What would be the most simple way to improve signal?

    I dont know if I can even take the toolbox apart to get to the back of the stereo (I assume I can make a key and pull the stereo out if I NEED TO). Its got a car antenna mounted to the back of the toolbox, and I dont know if it can be improved upon with adding wire or something.... I dont mess with car stereos often.

    Odd question i know.......... I bought the box due to the price cut on a display model (perfect condition), and I really needed the depth of these drawers, and the 41" model wasnt big enough. The radio was just something that came with it.

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_351108-5573...est&pl=1&currentURL=?Ntt=toolchest&facetInfo=
     
  2. Nov 14, 2013 at 1:45 PM
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    stereo is Pioneer DEH-2500UI
     
  3. Nov 14, 2013 at 3:51 PM
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    Hehehe

    Do what we do in the shops.
    Grab some bare wire and run it along the roof or wall.
    One guy mounted a antenna on roof outside and ran the cable inside.
    Put some tinfoil on it.
     
  4. Nov 14, 2013 at 4:12 PM
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    so, use 2 conductor........... wrap bare ends around the top of the existing antenna, then run vertical a few feet, and split and run horizontal right?

    or completely bare wire exposed?

    dumb question I know.
     
  5. Nov 14, 2013 at 4:18 PM
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    It all depends on the room, roof, building. I used wire In a "t" for my scanner.
    A bare 6 foot for my radio.
    One time we hooked two diferent radios together with a piece of tinfoil.
    There was no set system to our madness hehehehehehe
     
  6. Nov 14, 2013 at 4:39 PM
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    perfect.............. Thank you Sir :cheers:
     
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