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Posted: 12/24/2003 7:51:36 AM EDT
I have a 1999 Ford F-150 and I'm having some problems with the radio.

About 1.5 years back I picked up a Jensen radio/cd and had best buy install it.  Everything else is stock.

Now my reception is absolute SHIT.  I can lock onto a station but it's always fuzzy/snowy unless I'm in real luck.  Even strong local stations come in horrendous.

Any advice?

Thanks,

Mike
Link Posted: 12/24/2003 8:01:22 AM EDT
check to see if the antenna is fuly plugged in on the back
Link Posted: 12/24/2003 5:30:34 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/24/2003 6:06:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/24/2003 6:07:54 PM EDT by SC-Texas]
Dude,

You admit having a Jensen?  WTF:  At least my Raven works better than many $600.00 guns at the range.  Can't say that about Jensen's though!

Actually, why put a $50.00 POS sound system in a $20k truk?

Try Alpine instead:)

All above was meant tongue in cheek.
Link Posted: 12/24/2003 6:09:18 PM EDT
Sounds like maybe the Antenna came unplugged from the back of the Radio.


Link Posted: 12/26/2003 4:53:11 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Troy:
When you say "Now my reception is absolute SHIT," do you mean since you had the Jensen installed, or just recently, and it was good before?  Jensen isn't exactly a top-tier brand, or known for their tuners.  But as with any radio, the antenna is always the first thing to look for.  If the antenna arial itself is damaged, or if the cable is exposed somewhere and has corroded due to the moisture in the air, then that's the problem.

-Troy
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I'd say it started about 2 months after installing the new radio.  When it was first installed it was fine, but after three 2,200 mile trips it started.

Hmm, go figure.  I'm not an audiophile; I just wanted a removable faceplate radio because auto theft is so ridiculously common out here.  Jensen was on sale, so why not..?

The antenna itself is fine.  I guess I'll have to take it in and have the antenna wiring checked.

Thanks!

Mike
Link Posted: 12/26/2003 4:55:01 AM EDT
Originally Posted By SC-Texas:
Dude,

You admit having a Jensen?  WTF:  At least my Raven works better than many $600.00 guns at the range.  Can't say that about Jensen's though!

Actually, why put a $50.00 POS sound system in a $20k truk?

Try Alpine instead:)

All above was meant tongue in cheek.
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Umm...  I know shit about car audio.  I needed a removable faceplate radio with cd, and it was on sale and the salesguy recommended it.  (shrugs)

I just needed a radio that wouldn't get ganked...

Mike
Link Posted: 12/26/2003 5:02:01 AM EDT
Do you have a cell phone or nextel charger plugged in or constantly charging in the vehicle? I have two separate vehicles where my charger when actually charging the phone screws up radio reception. in one of my co-workers vans his nextel charger screws up his radio if left plugged in (not charging or charging does not matter) unplug it and it is clear as a bell plug it in, static whistles fading etc. am&fm.  good news is this is easy to determine - just unplug you charger. BTW this runs the gamut of all makes Ford/Dodge/Chevy for me
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