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You should not have to do that, but the voltage converters often don't clip in vary well (or at all).  Taping them together may help, but check inside the connectors to make sure they are clean and free from fluff etc. first.

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Thanks for the suggestion Richard,

 

I will check that out.  I have the converter securely taped to the original socket so its the plugging of that in to the iphone that is an little questionable.  I have a good prod around.

 

Any good suggestions for a simple "proof of concept" power connection that I can use to power up my Alpine DAB unit?  I know I should be able to plug into the battery for a quick check but it just feels too risky!

 

Cheers,

David

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I tried checking and taped it up but it's still a bit temperamental; I'm wondering if I have a slightly loose wire somewhere?

 

On a related front does anyone have a manual for the Alpine DAB box; specifically how do you set it up or does it just do it automatically?

 

Thanks,

David

 

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When you power up the TUA-T100DAB it will have no station memory and will be tuned to the first multiplex which is not used in the UK.

 

So the first thing to do is save some stations.  I do this by selecting on of the bands and performing an AutoStore.  This will save the first station from each of the first Multiplexes found in the 6 preset positions, the stations will all be labelled 'AutoStored' by the Intravee.

 

The TUA-T100DAB is an old tuner, it does not list all the stations from all multiplexes like modern tuners, you first select the multiplex and then the station within the multiplex.  Selecting stations is quick, selecting multiplexes the tuner has to scan.

 

So, given you now have probably all local multiplexes stored, you can now select each one and find your favourite station within each one.  When you find your favourite, save the preset again using a long press of the rotary controller on the preset that is already selected.  The Intravee will change the preset name to the MULTIPLEX name, it will only do this is the previous preset name was 'Autostored', normally it will set the preset name to the STATION name.  If you do this for all the presets then you will have 6 of your favourite stations quickly available, and you can also quickly change the Multiplex and then select other stations within each one.

 

Other than stations presets, there is not much else to do.

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Thanks Richard,

 

I'll take a look back through the menus and see if I can find an autostore option.  I don't remember seeing a band selection? I'm trying another aerial as the last attempt failed miserably. It may take a little while before I can reply.  I think I saw that you had fitted two aerials, one in each bumper.  Which aerial did you use?  Was it a glass one, a dedicated fibreglass/plastic one or a converted home one?

 

Thanks and regards,

David

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I actually use a splitter/combiner using the OEM radio and TV aerials.

 

Maca used a DAB antenna in the rear bumper and was thinking about the same in the front to give better directional coverage, I don't know if he ever did it.

 

My experience with glass mount antenna in the E39 is that it's hard to find a place them.  The internal ones are poor.  The external ones can be put in stead of the phone antenna on the rear window, but they tend to whistle at speed unless they are raked back at quite an angle which looks rather odd.

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Thanks Richard,

My problem is that I have a convertible with a mast external aerial.  I tried "unpowering" it and using a splitter/ amplifier but that did not work so I'm either looking at a bumper mount, an internal glass aerial or replacing the OEM aerial for a replacement one.  The problem with the latter is that finding old school style DAB bodywork aerials is difficult...

Cheers,

David

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I have one of the internal window aerials fitted to my windscreen (it's all but hidden running up vertically by the side pillar) and I get good reception even though my windscreen is one of the climate control variety so 'shouldn't' work. At some stage I'm thinking about fitting one of the glass aerials in each quarter light so I have a signal going in either direction but they'll be a pain to fit).

 

 

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Thanks Barry,

 

After speaking with a local audio specialist I've decided to take a punt on an incartec glass mounted aerial which he had successfully used in his own E46 and in high end installations that they had done in other E46s so fingers crossed!

 

Your door window idea is intriguing but would be a real pain as you would need to route wires round the trim.  Why not put one on the rear screen on the other side of the car?

 

Cheers,

 

David

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Your door window idea is intriguing but would be a real pain as you would need to route wires round the trim.  Why not put one on the rear screen on the other side of the car?

 

I agree installation in the doors will be tough but quite neat. I read that the heated screen interferes with the internal window aerial and to get best reception the aerial should be vertical so would run across the heating elements.

 

Interested to see your external aerial as most seem to ruin the lines of the car.

 

 

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Hi Barry,

So I'm going to try an internal glass aerial.  I may come back to the external aerial at some point.  I'm wondering if I could adapt the actual aerial so as to set it up as an unamplified aerial.  I guess this would mean "simplifiying the wiring in the amplifier?

Cheers,

David

 

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Tbh I don't know how you'd do that, if you haven't tried the internal aerial I'd give it a go the way its designed to be used first.

 

 

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So quick update.

 

I've found a glass aerial that works well though I cannot use until after I change my windscreen which I want to replace as it is not fitted very well.  I've also bought an aerial amplifier so I can try my experiment of converting the aerial to unamplified.  The phone feed could be easily bridged between the entry point and the aerial joint so I shall give it a go.

 

David

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Quick update

i now have an aerial to use with my doctored amp so all I need to do is a bit of soldering and I can try it out.  I'll post back when I get round to it.

 

Regards,,

 

David

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Quick update - I tried the modded aerial and it did not work so back to waiting on my new windscreen so I can put the internal aerial in.

 

Regards,

 

David

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Hi Barry,

 

I have an InCarTec aerial which has English/ German instructions.  It's a DAB +11dB active windscreen mount (70-924) and when I trialled it seemed to work pretty well.  About £35 plus postage.  One of the car hifi shops I was recommended to try used this in their own car so I gigured it can't be too bad.

Hope that helps.

Regards,

David

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On 07/02/2018 at 7:46 PM, caveman said:

I have an InCarTec aerial which has English/ German instructions.  It's a DAB +11dB active windscreen mount (70-924) and when I trialled it seemed to work pretty well. 

 

Cheers, I might get one and see how it would fit in the quarter light, it looks like the wiring is gonna be visible however you mount it though?

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16 hours ago, BarryM said:

 

Cheers, I might get one and see how it would fit in the quarter light, it looks like the wiring is gonna be visible however you mount it though?

How about the bumper mount that InCar Tec do.

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Apologies for the slow response; the notification email dropped into my spam filter.

 

From memory there is a small square box which sticks to the window below which is the aerial filament which is very fine.  Above the box are three wires; aerial, short earth wire which you supposed to ground somewhere and power cable.  So, I think it might look a bit crap in the quarter light?

 

Regards,

 

David

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