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Fm Radio Frequency steps by 0.2 MHz

The fm radio frequency search my JVC KD S890 moves in steps of 0.2 MHz leading to reception of only odd numbered stations.

Any idea how to movw the frequency in steps of 0.1 MHz?

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SOURCE: USA - EUrope FM band stations frequency differences

I have a car stereo purchased from the US and I can’t pick up all radio stations in Europe/UK, what can I do?
If you have purchased a car stereo from the US you will find that it will not pick up many European radio stations. This is due to the fact that US radio frequency steps are different to here in Europe.
You may be able to set the tuner to European stations by following this procedure.
Press and hold down the SRC button to power down the unit completely.
While the unit is off press button 1 & 5 together, while momentarily pressing the SRC button.
If this does not work try the following proceedure;
Press and hold buttons 1 and 5 together, while momentarily pressing the reset button.
If this does not work then the unit is not designed to pick up European frequency steps.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008

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SOURCE: tuning station problem

To change the channel spacing from 0.2 to 0.1; hold the FM button for approximately 2 seconds, then while still holding the FM button, press and hold the #5 button. The screen will flash with either US for 0.2 spacing or 01. for EU (Europe) spacing. Press any other button to exit. (I have done this with mine and it works).

Posted on Dec 14, 2007

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SOURCE: I just installed a new jvc kd-r210 deck in my 1996

are you sure you have an antenna connected to the radio?????????

Posted on Jun 14, 2010

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SOURCE: No AM reception for car radio...do get FM reception.

I was having the same problem with a jvc kd hdr 30. I Installed it myself over a year ago and never wanted to deal with the issue. Finally, I decided to take a look at it today.
On my head unit, all wires were connected except one blue one with a tag that says "do not connect to power, for remote device or power antenna only." This unit is in a '97' MBZ E320 with no visible antenna; I think it is part of the windshield. In any case, between the wiring diagram in the manual and the harness that is part of my car, I was left with 2 blue wires to choose from, one with a white stripe and one with a gray stripe. After testing both for power or ground, I determined neither had power with key on or off. Both had high resistance ground when compared to the chassis ground. In other words, I measured between chassis and these wires. First, I took a wire and connected it to the chassis ground and connected the other end to the blue wire coming from the unit while tuned to a local am station. This simply killed all reception am or fm but did not harm the unit. Next, I connected the blue wire with gray stripe of the car harness to the blue wire of the unit and again this killed all reception. Then I connected the blue wire with white stripe of car harness to the blue wire of unit and presto magic I had great am reception.
I am guessing that this blue wire with white stripe must be part of the antenna itself or perhaps is a connection that increases antenna power. Maybe 'power antenna' on tag refers to an actual powered antenna (like as in amplified?) and not as in an antenna that rises up out of fender, as I believed.
This may not help the first person with the question, but maybe it will help someone out there who searches for these kinds of answers like I do from time to time.

Posted on Nov 21, 2010

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SOURCE: got a new mp3 fm modulator, no frequency is detected

u should set the fm frequency on your modulator as same as ur car radio. example, if ur radio states 100.00, set ur modulator 100.00 also.

Posted on Nov 25, 2010

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