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Old 02-21-2009, 11:57 AM
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My friend as a marine stereo which doesn't seem to be getting any reception. The stations just continuously scan. However, the antenna wire is attached and there are no obvious connection issues.

I don't know much about marine stereos. I'm guessing it must either be an issue inside the stereo itself, or maybe a break somewhere in the antenna wire? Any ideas?

Thanks.
Old 02-21-2009, 12:02 PM
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take a piece of small gauge single conductor wire about 2 feet long, strip off about an inch of jacket, and push that into the antenna jack of the radio. make sure it is pushed into the center tip receptacle. if you still dont get any reception, then you have a problem with the radio, if you do get reception, then you have a problem with your original antenna
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Nothing different about the reception of a marine or car stereo. try a different antenna.. if that doesn't work the unit is probably bad.
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Just picked up some wire (I'm buying the boat)... Great idea. Thanks!
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Idiot - 2/21/2009 2:02 PM

take a piece of small gauge single conductor wire about 2 feet long, strip off about an inch of jacket, and push that into the antenna jack of the radio. make sure it is pushed into the center tip receptacle. if you still dont get any reception, then you have a problem with the radio, if you do get reception, then you have a problem with your original antenna
Yes, that will work as a test.
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rwidman - 2/21/2009 8:58 PM

Idiot - 2/21/2009 2:02 PM

take a piece of small gauge single conductor wire about 2 feet long, strip off about an inch of jacket, and push that into the antenna jack of the radio. make sure it is pushed into the center tip receptacle. if you still dont get any reception, then you have a problem with the radio, if you do get reception, then you have a problem with your original antenna
Yes, that will work as a test.
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Idiot - 2/22/2009 8:10 AM

rwidman - 2/21/2009 8:58 PM

Idiot - 2/21/2009 2:02 PM

take a piece of small gauge single conductor wire about 2 feet long, strip off about an inch of jacket, and push that into the antenna jack of the radio. make sure it is pushed into the center tip receptacle. if you still dont get any reception, then you have a problem with the radio, if you do get reception, then you have a problem with your original antenna
Yes, that will work as a test.
i'm so excited that you approve
Idiot, I'm not "approving", I am agreeing with you. Supporting your post.
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rwidman - 2/22/2009 8:44 AM

Idiot - 2/22/2009 8:10 AM

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Idiot - 2/21/2009 2:02 PM

take a piece of small gauge single conductor wire about 2 feet long, strip off about an inch of jacket, and push that into the antenna jack of the radio. make sure it is pushed into the center tip receptacle. if you still dont get any reception, then you have a problem with the radio, if you do get reception, then you have a problem with your original antenna
Yes, that will work as a test.
i'm so excited that you approve
Idiot, I'm not "approving", I am agreeing with you. Supporting your post.
my posts dont need supporting. tyvm
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Idiot - 2/22/2009 8:51 AM

rwidman - 2/22/2009 8:44 AM

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Idiot - 2/21/2009 2:02 PM

take a piece of small gauge single conductor wire about 2 feet long, strip off about an inch of jacket, and push that into the antenna jack of the radio. make sure it is pushed into the center tip receptacle. if you still dont get any reception, then you have a problem with the radio, if you do get reception, then you have a problem with your original antenna
Yes, that will work as a test.
i'm so excited that you approve
Idiot, I'm not "approving", I am agreeing with you. Supporting your post.
my posts dont need supporting. tyvm
Ok then... from now on, nobody supports the Idiot! Wait that doesn't sound right.
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debugger - 2/22/2009 9:09 AM

Idiot - 2/22/2009 8:51 AM

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Idiot - 2/21/2009 2:02 PM

take a piece of small gauge single conductor wire about 2 feet long, strip off about an inch of jacket, and push that into the antenna jack of the radio. make sure it is pushed into the center tip receptacle. if you still dont get any reception, then you have a problem with the radio, if you do get reception, then you have a problem with your original antenna
Yes, that will work as a test.
i'm so excited that you approve
Idiot, I'm not "approving", I am agreeing with you. Supporting your post.
my posts dont need supporting. tyvm
Ok then... from now on, nobody supports the Idiot! Wait that doesn't sound right.
if you have read Rwidman's other posts you would understand why I don't want/need his support.
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CaptMack - 2/21/2009 1:57 PM

My friend as a marine stereo which doesn't seem to be getting any reception. The stations just continuously scan. However, the antenna wire is attached and there are no obvious connection issues.

I don't know much about marine stereos. I'm guessing it must either be an issue inside the stereo itself, or maybe a break somewhere in the antenna wire? Any ideas?

Thanks.
Many times, the antenna on a boat is nothing more than a piece of wire about three feet long with a plug on it. It's fastened to the underside of the dash or just left hanging. If this is what you have, there's nothing that can go wrong with it other than the plug falling out of the stereo.

You can test by using a short piece of wire with the insulation removed and substituting it for the antenna. An easy way is to use a nail the same size as the inner plug on the antenna, plug this into the antenna socket and then wrap the bare end of the wire around the nail.

Most likely though, there is a problem with the stereo. Most of these are cheap units that are not worth repairing but you could take it to a shop for a quote. Or just replace it with a new one. The new one will probably have more features like a front panel input jack for a portable music source and an input for satellite radio.

BTW: Did you try manually tuning in stations?
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Yes, tried that. No reception; just static. It does play CDs though, so it's not totally shot...
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CaptMack - 2/22/2009 12:55 PM

Yes, tried that. No reception; just static. It does play CDs though, so it's not totally shot...
One other thing- Often there is a "local - distant" switch. Put the switch on "distant" (it's more sensitive) and try again.

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