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    Quote Originally Posted by RevheadKev View Post
    Hi Fire,

    Just did some googling and found the following 2 interesting things about DAB+ reception in Australia...
    1. Frequent dropouts were experienced in June 2009 when DAB+ first switched on as many stations apparantly were not broadcasting full power
    2. External antenna vastly improves reception to elliminate dropouts (your gargle)

    Here is a link to an external DAB+ antenna for the Pure Highway unit. Maybe we can source something similar for the Venice modules if they have a connection for it ?
    I realised that the stations aren't full power.. Same goes for TV.. when analogue is eventually stopped, they will up the power on digital (both radio and TV).
    I will be looking at installing a large antenna when i get the system fully installed in the car (i have a 4wd, so dont mind having a large antenna).

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire View Post
    us Aussies have a long road ahead!
    Really just waiting on a module we can install and test. Either ready-made or DIY.

    I do quite a bit of travelling upto Brisbane usually each Christmas so between both of us we will have the main eastern australian cities tested well I think.
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    http://www.dabonwheels.com/Bosch_Bla...ar_aerial.html is the one I use. Just drove about 150 miles in the UK and there was only a short distance of 5m where I had patchy signal but it was between hills so to be expected. Even then, it didn't totally drop out, just breakups every few mins for just a couple of seconds.

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    you'll need an external aerial to get dab,

    inside a car the signal is basically in a faraday cage so you'll have some issues.
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    Graig or nrgizerbunny,
    Does the external antenna have to be specifically for DAB or is there the opportunity to connect and use the standard fm/am aerial from the head unit if the head unit is not installed ?
    I would imagine maybe not with DAB/DAB+ using VHF Band III.
    See details here from WorldDAB (I don't know how old this information is)
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    Well i am glad to see this continue be it if it takes a more commercial angle.

    I too am in Australia and would be kind to give this a go, i already have a Venice 7 module, would there be an option to use my own module, if so will there be issues with the firmware?

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    hi kev,

    if you are using a pole antenna, ie one that is telescopic you can alter the length (usually make is shorter), plug in and then it will work.

    If you've got a fixed type such as a beesting you'll need to change the whole thing.
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    just one thing to add, you'll need to find out if you've got an amplifier in it.
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    Yes nrgizerbunny, the aerial is a short one and it has an amplifier in-line as there is a 12V connection wired to it.
    How does this affect things ?
    I assume from your previous reply that I will need to replace the aerial with a new digital one and remove the amplifier ?
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    Well I tried an FM aerial and it didn't work even with one of those converter units.

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