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Static...annoying static... I just purchased this transmitter...I have it plugged into the lighter, it works, but there is static, doesn't matter what radio frequency that I tune into. The radio and the transmitter are dialed into the same frequency...the music comes through loud and clear when my hand is touching the goose neck, as soon as my hand is away, the static is back. I am frustrated, I used to have a $10 transmitter that only had 4 setting 88.1 - 88.7 and it worked great...I spend $100, and it has static I doing something wrong, is there an external antennae I don't know about...I read the instructions a few times and I can't figure it out...HELP ME OBI WAN, YOU'RE MY ONLY HOPE...

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  • jpieson Dec 25, 2008

    Same thing. Exactly.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2009

    Same here

  • Pristine84 Mar 21, 2009

    i just purchased my tunebase fm for ipod and as soon as i release my hand from the device it has so much static and i can't enjoy my music.

  • Anonymous Apr 05, 2009

    I wish I wasn't just saying "same here", but, ah...same here.

  • Anonymous May 11, 2009

    same here. funny thing is my sirius satellite sounds so much better on same frequency. unplugged everything (sat, bluetooth cell, cell charger, removed car antenna) and STILL horrible static. HELP?

  • Anonymous May 20, 2009

    I have the same annoying when you pay so much for something to work.



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I use a cheap Mp3 player and transmitter combined and it works very well. Why a more expensive product should be so disappointing it is difficult to guess.

The obvious answer is the the unit is faulty if it doesn't perform as the instruction manual and advertising suggests and probably should be returned to the retailer for a refund.

It is possible the display is telling lies and the actual transmitter frequency shifts when no one is holding the gooseneck. It might be necessary to tune the radio slightly off-frequency for clear reception.

It could be second channel interference and so tuning to the other end of the radio scale might be useful. Mine is tuned to 108 Mhz because the band there is completely clear.

It could be the signal to noise ratio is elevated due to inefficient grounding of the power socket or it is possibly picking up electrical interference from some device in the car's electronics.

The fact that you have already used a transmitter successfully in your car and others are complaining of the same problem, it would indicate China has exported a bad batch with the same or similar faults - maybe the gooseneck should be grounded and isn't...
I suggest you visit the retailer and express your displeasure and show him a copy of your complaint and the other comments.

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A simple monopole antenna tuned to the FM band should be almost 3 feet long. Notice that your Belkin box doesn't have that. When you touch the gooseneck, you couple some of the signal out your arm, and you become the antenna. Sort of.

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The other problem is that there are legal limits to what these gadgets can transmit. I had one that really stunk, and when I took it apart it had a spot labeled "ANT" on the circuit board, and with a 32 inch piece of wire attached, the power radiated was 20 dB higher ... that's 100 times as much. I picked it up almost 100 feet away. Your old one probably put out too much power.

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