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Storing the strongest broadcast frequencies BSM (best stations memory) lets you automatically store the six strongest broadcast frequencies. 1 Use MULTI-CONTROL to select BSM in the function menu. 2 Press MULTI-CONTROL to turn BSM on. The six strongest broadcast frequencies are stored in the order of their signal strength. # To cancel, press MULTI-CONTROL again. Tuning in strong signals Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. % Press LOCAL repeatedly to select the desired setting. FM: OFF—LEVEL1—LEVEL2—LEVEL3— LEVEL4 MW/LW: OFF—LEVEL1—LEVEL2 The LEVEL4 setting allows reception of only the strongest stations, while lower settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.
You can also perform this operation in the menu that appears by using MULTI-CONTROL. Selecting alternative frequencies When the tuner cannot get a good reception, the unit automatically searches for a different station in the same network. 1 Use MULTI-CONTROL to select AF in the function menu. 2 Press MULTI-CONTROL to turn AF on. # To turn off, press MULTI-CONTROL again.
! Only RDS stations are tuned in during seek tuning or BSM when AF is on. ! When you recall a preset station, the tuner may update the preset station with a new frequency from the station’s AF list. No preset number appears on the display if the RDS data for the station received differs from that of the originally stored station. ! During AF search, sound may be temporarily interrupted. ! AF can be turned on or off independently for each FM band.
It may be possible that the FM frequency chosen during setup, is in use in your area by a strong signal from a local station. Change to another frequency and see if the situation improves.
The following is from the Operation's Manual:
FM Modulator Setting
You can adjust FM Modulator frequency and output level.
If output from the FM Modulator is hard to hear due to interference from a strong broadcast
station transmission, you can switch to another frequency.
You can adjust frequency between 87.9 and 90.1MHz.
If the output sound is too quiet, too loud or distorted, you can adjust FM Modulator output
You can adjust level between “LEVEL–1” and “LEVEL–7”. 1. Press the POWER button for 2 seconds to enter the FM Modulator Setting mode.
2. Select the desired frequency with the left/right arrowbuttons.
3. Increase or decrease the Level with the up/down arrows (buttons).
4. To cancel the FM Modulator Setting mode, press the POWER button again for 2 seconds. Note:
• After entering the FM Modulator Setting mode, if you do not perform an operation within about 8 seconds, the FM Modulator Setting is automatically canceled.
Generally speaking, you select the station you wish to store, then depress and hold down the preset button you wish to store it to. After a few seconds, the screen will blink, and the will be station stored. On to the next one. Try this and see how you get on. If you have any problems, I am happy to help you help you sort it out. Cheers
Pioneer have factory set your DEH-P690UB to 0.2Mhz steps to match the American FM frequency allocations.
The fix is not casual as it requires complete disassembly of the head unit and repositioning of two surface mount resistors.
This will void any warrantee and unless you're good at microscopic soldering could also ruin the set.
I did however void my 2 year warrantee yesterday partly out of frustration and because I have the right SMT tools at work.
Now my tuner CPU thinks it's in the Austrailian/Asian model DEH-P7950UB and is also compatible with UK stations.
A previously hidden menu is also available where I can set either 0.1 or 0.05Mhz stepping for FM and 9 or 10KHz for AM BSM scanning.
The rotary control now steps in 0.05's instead of odd 0.2's on FM
Hope this helps.