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    No AM Radio Signal

    After much work, the Boomzbox radio by MP3car is up and running...but only FM. It is powered through the computer's 12 volt rail. The antenna is plugged in. The original antenna jack worked without any sort of adapter.

    While testing, the AM radio signal worked well enough. I was only using a screwdriver stuck into the antenna port. I also used a long wire. AM and FM worked.

    Now that it is in the car, with the real antenna plugged in, there is NO AM signal. FM is strong and clear with HD channels. But no AM. There is a little static.

    So what's up with this? Do I need to mod the antenna? Stick an AM antenna wire in the jack?

    Thanks,

    DJ

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    stop sticking things into jacks!

    you provide no information on your car
    maybe its got a special antenna, that is amplified
    also... am is very tricky in a car
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    Quote Originally Posted by djkinney View Post
    After much work, the Boomzbox radio by MP3car is up and running...but only FM. It is powered through the computer's 12 volt rail. The antenna is plugged in. The original antenna jack worked without any sort of adapter.

    While testing, the AM radio signal worked well enough. I was only using a screwdriver stuck into the antenna port. I also used a long wire. AM and FM worked.

    Now that it is in the car, with the real antenna plugged in, there is NO AM signal. FM is strong and clear with HD channels. But no AM. There is a little static.

    So what's up with this? Do I need to mod the antenna? Stick an AM antenna wire in the jack?

    Thanks,

    DJ
    i suspect your antenna is amplified, you'll need a way of powering the amplifier, sometimes the 12v runs down the central conductor of the coax but you need to check. Some are externally powered.
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    O.K. So... powered or not, it worked with a very UNPOWERED copper wire as an antenna in my workshop. I then plugged in the appropriately shaped male into female and have perfect FM.

    The car is a 2007 Mazda MX5. Stock stereo stuff before I gutted it.

    So are you saying that the antenna wire itself is/was powered? If it worked with a copper wire, I really just assumed that any long piece of metal would act as an antenna.

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    he didnt know if your antenna was powered or not, since you didnt even mention what kind of car you had

    and yes, if it is ampilified, it needs to be powered for AM and FM

    antennas today are much more than "long pieces of metal"

    but, if the car has a mast of approx 30" long, its not amplified

    i cant find a good picture of that car, but it looks like a little antenna
    and thats prob ampilfied!

    turn on the amp!
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    The amp, I'm assuming was in the stock stereo. That's gone now. Because the FM is working, would it not be possible to splice in an AM antenna (you know, like one of those long coils of wire on a square spool for a home stereo system) and embed that somewhere behind the dash?

    As I said, powering the antenna at the correct power levels is not an option if there is an alternative.

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    id bet knowing mazda, the amp for the antenna is in the antenna...
    power on the power antenna control wire on the factory radio harness
    (blue wire in the 1H position)

    otherwise, be happy with FM....
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    So it's your opinion that the power flows from the harness to the antenna plug and along the antenna to the amp? And by using a multimeter I should be able to figure out how much power and send it along the antenna...

    But what about the Boomzbox? That will introduce a current into the antenna jack. Will that harm it?

    I paid $180 for a radio...more than any other single part of my carpc install. It is GOING to work.

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    there is NO OPINION here

    there is a wire on the factory harness that powers up the the amplified mounted at the base of the antenna
    (if its all factory stuff of course)
    (you can see the module at the base of the antenna in the trunk)

    im sure it takes 12Volts!!!!!!

    it doesnt send it "along the antenna" its its OWN wire




    its has nothing to do with the boomzbox radio...
    and what does cost of the "radio" have to do with anything here
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    You're mistaken. There is no module on the antenna in this model. It is an antenna that has a long cable that plugs into the "antenna in" jack in the old stock unit and in the boomzbox. No sep. wire. So the power source--the wire at the harness--has nothing to plug into.

    That's my problem. I don't know what to do with the 12 volt wire from the harness.

    That's what I mean by "along the antenna"... because there is just one wire to and from the antenna.

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