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    I have no head unit. The HD radio is my HU.

    I dont think the ant. is the problem, because I had a Alpine HU hooked up before I installed the computer and HD unit and had NO problem with reception.

    Also, remember before I had bad reception....now it's non existent until the radios been on for a little while, and one station is 2 blocks away from my house.
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    i have the same issue and used numerous devices to try to solve it to no avail.
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    Thats because the Alpine turns the antenna on and off. And it only turns it on when set to radio (aftermarket might just be on/off). If you have no head unit now, there is nothing to power the antenna. No trigger.

    I'm not saying it is your problem, but I went through some serious headaches, worries, bought 3 different kinds of radios, and almost ripped my interior out to replace my "broken" antenna wire. Fortunately, when I went to find the cabling, it showed the power module. THEN I knew what that funny wire all by itself was (kinda tied to the antenna plug)!

    Oh crap......I know what you should do......you have another car, right? That Visteon is stand alone......hook it up in another car, then have the audio out go into a headset....THAT will tell you if it's the antenna or not!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxtacy02 View Post
    i have the same issue and used numerous devices to try to solve it to no avail.
    Finally!!! Someone else with this problem. I think it's time to find alternate radio options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PontiacGA View Post
    Finally!!! Someone else with this problem. I think it's time to find alternate radio options.
    Well, I run both the Visteon and a $200 HQCT and the Visteon blows it away on reception and sound (using the same antenna). Just my opinion, but I would continue to persue this issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danielkh View Post
    Thats because the Alpine turns the antenna on and off. And it only turns it on when set to radio (aftermarket might just be on/off). If you have no head unit now, there is nothing to power the antenna. No trigger.
    i thought this was my problem.. but my antenna is in my window and i can physically pull the connector at he window and check for power. My issue is some sort of interference caused by the computer. My computer is in a metal case in the trunk, but there is still something that affects both radio reception AND my car alarm while its powered.
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    And if you want to hear something really pi$$inating, if I was to have put my head unit back in, all of the sudden, everything would have been great again.......so I would have continued down the road saying all the radios suck.

    RadioShark 1 ...sucked
    RadioShark 2 ...sucked
    HQCT..............sucked
    Visteon............sucked

    A lot of money spent for a "free" wire connection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielkh View Post
    And if you want to hear something really pi$$inating, if I was to have put my head unit back in, all of the sudden, everything would have been great again.......so I would have continued down the road saying all the radios suck.

    RadioShark 1 ...sucked
    RadioShark 2 ...sucked
    HQCT..............sucked
    Visteon............sucked

    A lot of money spent for a "free" wire connection.

    i dont know where smithville, TX is but how close are you to the nearest radio station. My sound sounds great as long as i'm within 10 miles of the station. Outside of that its hit or miss while the radio is on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxtacy02 View Post
    i thought this was my problem.. but my antenna is in my window and i can physically pull the connector at he window and check for power. My issue is some sort of interference caused by the computer. My computer is in a metal case in the trunk, but there is still something that affects both radio reception AND my car alarm while its powered.
    I would suggest the same thing then. Hook it up in another car.....or.....get a $10 antenna from autozone. If it is a power issue, the cheap antenna should still be an improvement. Could help narrow it down.

    I just really hate to see you guys give up knowing how good it CAN be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxtacy02 View Post
    i dont know where smithville, TX is but how close are you to the nearest radio station. My sound sounds great as long as i'm within 10 miles of the station. Outside of that its hit or miss while the radio is on.
    I can pick up Dallas from Houston on some AM stations.....350+ miles. Where I live, I am 30 miles from the nearest station (Austin) but I can easily pick up San Antonio, about 100 miles.

    As for the case, I'm not sure about that. If you look at my setup here....

    [media]http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/attachments/show-off-your-project/50950d1217212811-2004-350z-installation-part-3-comp_open_3.jpg[/media]

    You can see my Visteon is leaning against the computer. And then the antenna branches off and actually goes inside the case to the HQCT.
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