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  • Does anyone know what type of connector this is ???

    I am trying to figure out what type of connector is in the attached image. This is the antenna cable for the FM radio. I am trying to make my own cable to feed to my FM TV tuner and I cannot find the name of this connector type anywhere.

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    CL
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  • #2
    Looks like a BNC coaxail plug.
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    • #3
      I don't think it's BNC, the BNC locks with a half turn via clips on the sides of the connector. This one has a cover piece (threaded on the inside) that slides over what appears to be a female type-f coax connector with no threads on the inner part.

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      • #4
        It would help to know what kind of car you have. Manufacturers typically use the same connectors in all their cars, so knowing if it's a Volvo or whatever would be helpful.

        Edit: And that is not a BNC. It looks 'F' ish, but I don't think it's that either.

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        • #5
          Sorry I should have stated that before. It is a BMW 330 (E46).
          Also, this connector is not at the head unit end (which plugs into the radio).
          This end is coming out of the antenna amplifier module attached to the C-Pillar just above the rear deck. I can post more pictures later tonight.

          Thanks for replying
          CL

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          • #6
            I don't know what that particular connector is, but i'm betting the one behind the radio (if it's not a newer BMW) would use this part: http://www.logjamelectronics.com/metra40vw12.html

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            • #7
              looks like a standard one with a twist lock added cause they have no lock as standard

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              • #8
                that looks like a TNC connector it used to be used on bag phones



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                • #9
                  update: I spoke with BMW and it appears that this is a unique connector that BMW uses. I bought a bunch of connectors, TNC, BNC, PAL, UHF etc. None fit. The best solution, and the one that I ended up going with, was to just buy the whole cable from BMW for $20 dollars. The Radio/Head Unit end is just a PAL connection.

                  Thanks for your help if you replied.
                  CL

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                  • #10
                    that's the one under the rear pillar lights right ?

                    Yes that is a biatch to get to.
                    Couldnt fint out what that was either.

                    Ended up cutting the wire to the radio and leaving that one intact and screwed in. The end going to the radio recieved a bnc female, and joined to a bnc male going into the radio / tv card.

                    the end now coming from the radio recieved a bnc male, and i can join them when i decide to go back to stock.

                    for the people that can't be bothered going to bmw and finding out the part number, just get the bnc connectors at like 3 bucks a piece.

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                    • #11
                      at the end after all is said and done..

                      tv reception on a WINTV Usb is crap. FM is fine, but if you drive an older model of BMW pre 2002, the antenna is powered from the original HU, that means you gotta run 12v to power the damn thing.

                      WHICH CAUSES GROUNDLOOP TO YOUR LINE IN---

                      and because the win tv uses a 2.5mm jack, you need to have a coupla converters to RCA to go through a ground loop isolator, which goes back to 2.5mm before line in.

                      Sigh.

                      andalogue tv and original BMW antenna doesnt work.....

                      however DIGITAL is awesome....
                      the only problem with that is that the winamp plugin for digitial is SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOW.

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                      • #12
                        thanks for the info tho.
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                        • #13
                          just another couple quick notes:

                          the radio / head unit end of the fm antenna wire may accept a bnc connector but the proper connector that fits 100% is a PAL connector. If you check radio shack or the source CC they have a euro tv cable adapter. It goes from PAL to F type (which is the input required for wintv usb fm.)

                          The reason the tv reception is crap is you need a different type of antenna to tune TV signals (mainly those ugly bunny ear type antennas). I believe the reason is that TV has a much wider frequency range. You would also have to end up mounting these antennas on your car roof to get good reception, which I think is ugggglyyyyy.

                          I had to do the antenna mod you spoke of, its easy to do, don't try to power it from your opus or anything, just take the white / purple wire from your stock radio wiring harness in the car and feed it into the solid white wire which is the antenna. I also believe these pins are pin 5 (ACC 12v+) to pin 16 (antenna) don't quote me on that make sure you check. The best way to do this is to just buy an aftermarket wiring harness for a head unit and connect the blue and red wire (again verify colours and pin numbers with a multi-meter.)

                          You are also correct about the ground loop, PITA, but the ground loop isolator does fix the problem.

                          The original BMW antenna delivering FM works at 100% RF reception for me.
                          As for a digital not sure what you mean by that.

                          Thanks for posting your experiences.
                          CL

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