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How to receive a clearer iPod FM transmitter signal
Authored by: rspress on Nov 21, '06 09:17:16AM

Being an amateur radio operator I know a liitle about antennas and how to improve reception. There are several ways to increase the range of the iTrip with resorting to removing your cars antenna and missing your favorite morning show. One of the simplest ways is to use an induction antenna. Get some wire and wrap it around the iTrip if it is small enough wire or make a coil of wire and sitting the iPod with the iTrip in the loops. Run the other wire close to the antenna. Even better run it out the window and through the firewall and out the hood and wrap at least 10 wraps around the base of the antenna and tape it up.

If you have a car charger for your iPod use it even if the iPod does not need charging, it will act as an antenna as well. You could also do the loop of wire and connect the wire to any metal surface in the car. This will improve reception as well. These are just a few tricks to use without modifying your car or iTrip.



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Better transmitters for cars
Authored by: bill_mcgonigle on Dec 01, '06 11:49:26AM
There are also transmitters that plug directly into a cigarette lighter outlet and claim to use the car's ground as a groundplane for the transmitter. I have an older version of this and it works much better than the iTrip that's now collecting dust. None of the hard-to-use little bleepy audio clips to configure the iTrip either - just a button.

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