How to Improve an FM iPod Transmitter

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FM transmitters is an alternative product that can be used by iPod owners that don't have an AUX jack in their stereo that the device can connect to. A common complaint for those using FM transmitters is the reception is often interrupted by competing signals. This is especially true when travelling across distances where radio stations, or frequencies, come in and out. While travelling it is not uncommon to have to change the frequency on a FM transmitter over and over again to get around new competing signals.

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    Turn the radio and transmitter to a low frequency station. FM stations on the lower end of the dial, such as 87.9 or 88, will not have as many competing radio frequencies. But some car stereos will not tune to stations that low on the dial. Tune to the lowest FM station possible on your stereo and match that frequency on the transmitter.

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    Remove the vehicle's antenna. Car antennas can interfere with the reception of the transmitter. Some antennas can simply be unscrewed from the base on the hood or boot. Some newer vehicles have antennas integrated into the windshield. Integrated antennas can only be removed by removing the entire window.

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    Stick with a radio frequency that works. Once you've found a frequency, program it into the transmitter so you don't have to try to find it later. Many transmitters will allow you to store frequencies.

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    Put the iPod and FM transmitter as close to the stereo as possible. If the transmitter is close, the signal coming from the transmitter will be stronger and the quality of the audio will improve. Some transmitters have mounting equipment. Try to mount the transmitter next to the stereo. Transmitters that don't mount will often end up in the most convenient place, which may be the passenger seat or near the shifter or parking brake. Make an effort to place the transmitter and connected iPod as close to the stereo as possible.

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