Poor Radio Reception
Posted 17 May 2009 - 12:08 PM
I have looked all over the 'net on installation guides and I thought I'd followed it pretty well, however when it was fitted the reception from MW was non existent, and although I haven't had much chance to test it the reception for the weaker FM stations isn't exactly brilliant either.
I've had a look (again) on the 'net for other people who have had this problem but all I can find seems to point towards VW based cars (VW, Seat, Skoda etc.), even though the problem experienced is exactly like the one I'm having trouble with.
I'm sorely tempted to go and buy one of these from Hellfrauds but I don't know if it will be a waste of money or not. I also feel that my problem is so 'trivial' that any I.C.E. specialist won't be interested in solving it.
So can some one here help please?
Posted 18 May 2009 - 05:11 PM
I found out from my local Citroen dealership that the aerial carries a very very small current and as such needs a power source. With the factory fitted stereo that is internal but with Head Units such as my Sony you need an external power source.
It took about 5 minutes to plug it in and wire it up and I have to say that the M.W. reception is fantastic.
I'd recommend this solution to anyone.
Posted 18 May 2009 - 10:36 PM
Edited by JoeBlunt, 19 May 2009 - 12:09 AM.
Posted 19 May 2009 - 12:33 PM
Powered aerial? When I were a lad, we were lucky if we 'ad a bent coat-hanger.
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Posted 31 May 2009 - 07:36 PM
Posted 14 June 2009 - 05:29 PM
In town FM reception is good, but am non existent
Out of town centre, even the strong FM channels have poor reception
Edited by JoeBlunt, 26 June 2009 - 11:11 AM.
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Posted 14 June 2009 - 05:46 PM
Edited by JoeBlunt, 26 June 2009 - 11:09 AM.
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Posted 14 June 2009 - 09:04 PM
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Posted 26 June 2009 - 10:55 AM
I have found that the factory fit aerial falls out quite easily when swapping HUs. There is not so much room with all the connectors at the back when pushing HUs in. I had to remove the air vents to get my hand in to push the aerial plug in. Check the connection before spending money
Posted 27 June 2009 - 11:54 PM
No crackles when playing CD, MP3 or SD card. However, when I tried a USB hard drive on it the aircon swiched off power through the USB socket for some strange reason.
I'm thinking earth problems.
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Posted 03 January 2011 - 06:26 PM
Posted 03 January 2011 - 09:17 PM
Flick up the little end flaps at the side of the radio, this exposes the screws, undo them then just pull. Sorted.
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Posted 09 January 2011 - 12:39 AM
When I replaced my head unit to a sony I did not notice a power lead for the aerial. My reception has got noticeably worse with the new sony head unit and feel i'm constantly pushing the tune button to find a better signal, but then I do travel the length of the country every week. .
Has anyone else found this??? or is it me?
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Posted 09 January 2011 - 09:40 AM
Edited by stimulator, 09 January 2011 - 09:41 AM.
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Posted 17 January 2011 - 10:27 PM
Posted 13 February 2012 - 02:41 PM
I had the same problem on my picasso in that when I fitted an aftermarket stereo it would not pick up mw whatsoever and fm was iffy. I sorted mine by completely removing the pcb board on the aerial mount and connecting the aerial wire directly to the aerial without having to buy/modify any parts. Hey presto, mw and fm all work perfectly.
What is the best way to get to this pcb board/ is it located by the boot internal light on the roof at the back? if yes, is there a diagram to show this? where can i find it?
Posted 24 June 2012 - 07:13 PM
I could do with a bit of help as to how to bypass (what I assume is) the pcb.
Posted 30 June 2012 - 03:49 PM
Posted 12 July 2012 - 06:54 PM