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Old 19 February 2004, 08:29   #31
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Ozz,

www.cardvd.co.uk have a similar FM modulator item under accessories.

They do two models a wired and un wired.

Wired takes a 12v source and physically connects into the aerial lead of the radio. I've recently used one of these to put playstation2 sound through the car stereo and it works well. Its not quite DVD quality sound but is ok. There is a slight hiss but I think a ground loop isolator may sort this out.

The unwired I understand takes 2 AAA batts and doesn't have a physical connection to the aerial lead. Which sounds similar to what you have above.

Prices for both are in the region of 30 and can be bought direct or through their ebay shop.

As for legalities I'm not sure - as the wired item doesn't actually "broadcast" the FM signal by feeding it directly into the aerial lead it could be classed as legal. The wirefree one in my opinion is illegal, as I understand it is illegal to broadcast any FM signal of any power without the necessary license or it being a nominated public frequency eg PMR446. However realistically with such a small amount of output power I wouldn't foresee a problem.

Confirmation from Radiocommunications Agency

http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/archi...nt/miscell.htm


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Old 19 February 2004, 10:40   #32
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They are illegal

Ozz,

Unfortunately, the FM transmitters ARE illegal in the UK, under Section 2 of the Wireless and Telegraphy Act 1949. However, 1949 was a long time ago and I do not know how strictly this law is enforced. Also, I wouldn't have thought the sound quality from the speakers after transmission would be a patch on original quality from the iPod, MP3 or CD player.

Maybe wireless headphones is an option, leaving the iPod and headphone base in a jockey seat. Then again, who wants to wear hot headphones on a summer afternoon in the Solent ?!

Robert

(For more info on the legality of the FM transmitters, go to www.everythingipod.com, then Products, then FM transmitters and recievers).
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Old 19 February 2004, 12:42   #33
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The other approach is to simply fit an amplifier and speaker setup with jack/phono inputs. That way you have no music player in the boat (no moving parts), and can have your choice of discman/portable mp3 player/walkman to pass signal into it. Anything with a headphone socket. Personally, I'd bathe the internal circuit board of the amp in epoxy. Over time, a lot of corrosion can take place inside, despite the best efforts of the manufacturer. Or else, put another coat of laquer on.
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Old 19 February 2004, 12:53   #34
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...or even lacquer. Just checked my bottle of nail varnish.
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Old 19 February 2004, 13:06   #35
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Mike/Robert,
Thanks for the info guys. I am going to give it a go, done a little bit of digging on the net and it sounds like the sound quality, whilst not as good as CD is still pretty good.

On the legal side, I can't see that such a small transmitter is going to cause an issue/be picked up.

Just need to get an amp thats up to the job now!

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I have a stereo fitted on my RIB.

Actuall player is a Sony and lives inside completley inside the condole. Two waterproof speakers also fitted to the console by cutting suitable size circualr hole.

Control is via a wired remot and it is this that can be seen on my console amongst the other instrument dials just above the throttle in this picture http://www.yellowrib.co.uk/images/ex...7/IMG_0014.JPG


Will control either a radio/tape or Radio/CD combination.

Radio/Tape player survived last season and I had no problems listening to the music, (often didn't hear people calling me on the VHF though)
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Old 19 February 2004, 18:07   #37
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under the circumstances of the install enviroment, i suggest you get a cheap amp that can in theory be thrown away when it does die.

If your looking at automotive amps then at the risk of upsetting the people who hate 17-18yr old in their fiestas, go buy a copy of maxpower. In the back you will find all the gear you need and on a typical 200 cd player you will save atleast 25% on rrp. If your stuck on models go to halfords and pick their brains and when you know what you want get it out the mag! In the install process make sure the amp is not mounted upside down or the heatsink wont do its job, but they dont really need alot of ventilation for the sort of power your talking.

If you need any advice on models or power let me know. i may be able to help. I dont have a fiesta and im not 17 but I do know my car stereo!

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waterproof speakers dont cost all that much so im going to fit a standard car radio under a splash cover and buy some waterproof speakers for it.
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I just came accross this thread and wondered if anyone can give me some pointers, I have a car stereo that I was thinking of fitting to the RIB, it seems we can pick up speakers relatively cheaply, but are there any issues I need to consider when fitting a normal car stereo (other than getting a waterproof cover)?

We only use our RIB inland at the moment, if that makes a difference.
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I just came accross this thread and wondered if anyone can give me some pointers, I have a car stereo that I was thinking of fitting to the RIB, it seems we can pick up speakers relatively cheaply, but are there any issues I need to consider when fitting a normal car stereo (other than getting a waterproof cover)?

We only use our RIB inland at the moment, if that makes a difference.
I've Fitted a few standard stereos on boats, they last surprisingly well with the covers fitted.
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