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This is a discussion on radio reception not so good... within the Electronics/Car Audio forums, part of the Interior Mods category; i have an 09 wrx and just put in a aftermarket single din radio, but the face is a 5.3" ...

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    radio reception not so good...

    i have an 09 wrx and just put in a aftermarket single din radio, but the face is a 5.3" detachable screen.

    well as soon as i installed it and drove back to killeen, tx i realized the signal was weak and i couldn't get all the signals the way i used to

    it isn't something new to me friends with soobies have said the same things with pioneers, and jvc radios, and yes i did check the antenna wire and its plugged all the way in, i was wondering if any one has had this problem, im thinking about a aftermarket antenna, any input would be appreciated, thanks...

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    im not familar with the 09's but you may try hooking up the power antenna wire(blue/white stripe) up and see if that works.
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    Did you recently put tint on it ?

    Had the same issue on mine after I put the eyebrow on.... I get like 4 stations.....
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    yea antenna is hooked up and no my car is still stock when i pu the radion on i went for the antenna idea becuase it looks like its not going in all the way to the radio...just a thought its just all the radio stations here play the same **** over and over and over its began to drive me crazy

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    No tint, huh? If you put metallic tint on the rear window it kills radio reception... I know unfortunately.

    If it happened as soon as you put your new radio in, I'd guess that the antenna wire got messed up, or isn't plugged in all the way... or in the right place.

    Have you pulled it back out and looked at the back yet?
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    yea i did, it looks like the antenna wire from the car doesnt fully plug in the wire attached to the back of the aftermarket deck i did have a lil problem with weak signals in the oem deck but i figured a aftermarket one would help, and i doubt its a wire issue because i only loose reception on certain spots on both radios, now its worse i guess becuase im kind of in the middle of no where, a stronger antenna sounds like a solution if i can find one

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    On my car, I notice if I'm listening to AM radio and hit the rear defroster, there goes the AM signal...out the window! Literally...lol

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    poor radio reception

    I had the same problem the the factory headset - never got AM reception and was marginal on the FM. The dealer could not find anything wrong with the system. I replaced it with a JVC - no better reception for the $ spent. The dealer tech did mention the defrost issue - but that did not seem to make a difference either. ?? has to be wiring / ground / connectivity related. when the weather get warm and I can remove the interior without breaking plastic and connectors I am going to dig into it and see where the problem is.

    I shopped for the headset on line and then went to CarToys - they price match. Connected the harness matching original to aftermarket - no problems with headlights or anyother issues except the reception. I have a contact looking into the issue and solutions - I post more after I hear back.
    Last edited by GaryM; 04-09-2009 at 03:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryM View Post
    I had the same problem the the factory headset - never got AM reception and was marginal on the FM. The dealer could not find anything wrong with the system. I replaced it with a JVC - no better reception for the $ spent. The dealer tech did mention the defrost issue - but that did not seem to make a difference either. ?? has to be wiring / ground / connectivity related. when the weather get warm and I can remove the interior without breaking plastic and connectors I am going to dig into it and see where the problem is.
    Did you install the JVC yourself? Did you have a place like Best Buy do it? How about any recent electrical work by a dealer or elsewhere? Sometimes connections get messed up...Best Buy did my stereo and then my parking lights wouldn't turn off for weeks, until I figured out the problem :rofl:

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    three causes for poor radio reception:

    1. bad headset
    2. power amp to antenna not getting power
    3. power amp bad
    4. metalic window tint
    5. antenna lead and or ground not seated properly

    I checked all of these and found the power amplified antenna was not receiving power. The aftermarket prewired harness did not have the proper lead to connect the white power lead (from the chassis wiring) to the blue/white headset lead. The headset lead was labled "caution - connection for remote or amplified power antenna." Connect it to the white lead from the chassis wiring to the original headset.


    1000 times more channels and reception. Your antenna power amplifier is a little black box under the passenge side of the back lid pannel. The wiring runs up to the driver side rear door panel, into another black box and then to the antenna lead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryM View Post
    I checked all of these and found the power amplified antenna was not receiving power. The aftermarket prewired harness did not have the proper lead to connect the white power lead (from the chassis wiring) to the blue/white headset lead. The headset lead was labled "caution - connection for remote or amplified power antenna." Connect it to the white lead from the chassis wiring to the original headset.


    1000 times more channels and reception. Your antenna power amplifier is a little black box under the passenge side of the back lid pannel. The wiring runs up to the driver side rear door panel, into another black box and then to the antenna lead.

    must try this... my reception is garbage.
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    did anybody try this? did it work?


    three causes for poor radio reception:

    1. bad headset
    2. power amp to antenna not getting power
    3. power amp bad
    4. metalic window tint
    5. antenna lead and or ground not seated properly

    I checked all of these and found the power amplified antenna was not receiving power. The aftermarket prewired harness did not have the proper lead to connect the white power lead (from the chassis wiring) to the blue/white headset lead. The headset lead was labled "caution - connection for remote or amplified power antenna." Connect it to the white lead from the chassis wiring to the original headset.


    1000 times more channels and reception. Your antenna power amplifier is a little black box under the passenge side of the back lid pannel. The wiring runs up to the driver side rear door panel, into another black box and then to the antenna lead.

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    what if you have a audio system would that affect it too?

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