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Thread: New FM USB module, maybe good for our carputers?

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    sorry I am stupid !
    with some usage of my brain I could get the thing that you will think that you are meant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickS View Post
    Yeah, I had the same look she does when I installed it tonight and it didn't work at all.

    To be honest, I did have a pretty big smile after I rebooted and it did work but I wasn't having that much fun.

    Haven't taken it for a ride in the car yet but it works extremely well in the house. The software sucks for a touchscreen but if we can get ahold of the SDK, that won't be a problem. I'll post more after work tomorrow on the reception while driving.
    Have you tried it in the car yet?
    I just got mine from tigerdirect and will try it in the car tomorrow.
    The snaptunes app isn't too horrible for a touchscreen, at least it has biggish buttons, but yeah, can't wait for the SDK to show up and get integrated

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    External Antenna?

    So far any FM receivers I have seen in a car have really needed good external (as in external to the car) antennas for decent reception. Probably need to hack together an MCX to Motorolla antenna adapter to make this work well in a car for US users. I think I have an old GPS antenna lead with MCX connectors on it.

    One complication is that this device states one of it's external antenna options is a 75 Ohm antenna.. There will most likely be impedance mismatch issues connecting it directly to the car antenna which I believe is set up 50 Ohm.. any input from our RF experts?
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    I thought I had posted this the other day but I guess I didn't hit the button.

    The reception in the car as I drove was a ok at the start then it got a little sketchy then got progressively worse as I made my way around the beltway (30 mile trip). After I got to work, I took it in the office and had horrible reception there so it only works well if there's a good signal.

    I had also ordered the MCX to F connector adapter and it came in yesterday so I threw together a coax adapter to connect the car antenna (motorola) to the F connector this afternoon. I went to try that out and I had the same problem that I had the first night I got the receiver...no sound at all (regardless of which antenna I was using). I tried rebooting and that didn't help so now I'm stuck getting this POS software to work.

    It would be good to hear if there will be any issues with my adapter to an adapter from someone who knows what they're doing. If I get the software to work again, I'll hook it up in the car with the adapters and let everyone know how it works.

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    When I first tried the adapter, I couldn't get the adapter to work with either piece of software so I tried with another computer and got the same result.
    Thinking the little USB extension cable might've had a bad connection I unplugged that while everything was running then plugged it back in again and it suddenly had sound. (and the simple radio software stopped showing 292Mhz and went to a real number)
    So, give that a try, just unplug/plug while it's up N running.

    Oh, have you noticed any RDS response from either piece of software? We're supposed to have a couple of RDS stations in town, but I've not seen the software respond to any of them.

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    First, thanks for buying and trying for the rest of us.

    OK, so far performance-wise, according to your notes, is not too good.

    I wonder if the unit is operable under Radiator? Maybe you could tinker with that end. Radiator is supported under RR and would be optimal.

    PS; you rite Sprite, the add sure makes it look like a lot of fun LOL

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    I have tried pulling and reinserting it to no avail. I'll try it later without the extension cable (I think my port is flush enough to get it in there without it).

    I do get RDS info when it's working.

    BTW, I got mine for $30.50 (plus $9.99 shipping) from thenerds.net in case anyone else is looking for one.

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    I tried mine in the car and the strong stations came in fine on the move, but some of the less powerful stations had fade issues.
    Then the USB failed in some way and the sound stopped and plugging/unplugging didn't help it, just wouldn't start up again. Sometime windows popped up a "This is a USB what?" style message so I think it's a little too unstable for locked away carputer use. Or it doesn't like my old USB 1 P3 carputer.

    So I think that's the end of this experiment, might do XM radio instead, if I can figure out how to get audio into my laptop carputer.

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    skywise, XM doesn't have - oh never mind. I was about to ask if XM has a website to connect to instead of using your portable module. Then i realized you have to have a fulltime connection to the internet - nevermind... which in that case, you wouldn't really need XM, huh?
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    I bought one day.. I was shopping at MicroCenter and just happened to see this and since I had seen the talk here about it, I was like aawww shoot. lol I gotta buy it. Well, it didn't work well on my 6' usb extension cable, but it works just perfectly plugged into my powered hub with a shorter extension cable. All but a few stations come in nice and strong. I paid $34.99 for it.... It works just fine since I've been without a radio since early summer. lol granted my 60Gigs of music has been doing just fine... but this is a great addition

    OH... as it was said, the software isn't really suitable for touchscreen operation. Even on my 10.4" it's hard to hit the buttons...

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