92 Camry Radio Aerial

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Old 05 Oct 2004, 06:03 am   #1 (permalink)
ali
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Hi folks, have just replaced part of the oem car stereo in my camry, problem
is that using the existing aerial which is the type built into the rear
window heater foil I get really crap reception..is there some sort of aerial
amplifier built into the circuit that needs to be livened up or can someone
tell me where the connections are at the rear window so i dont have to pull
half the car to bits trying to find it and can i unplug it at this end and
add an aftermarket aerial, or do i need to start from scratch, run aerial
cable from the trunk up to the head unit etc...HELP!!!
thanks in advance, Ali.
PS I replaced part of the oem sound system, a double DIN unit, scrapping the
existing radio but keeping the tape player and adding a cd player
instead.this meant building a unit to switch the output of the two units
between the four speakers..it is powered from the remote 12v output of the
cd player . I have the colour codes for the looms if anyone is interested,
and the design for the relay board which fitted nicely into a little box abt
1 inch by 3 inch, used 2 sub mini relays and a bit of vero board, be warned
you have to be real handy with a soldering iron as it's pretty fiddly.The
alternative in my case was to have the tape player there but not hooked up
just filling in a hole in the dash so if anyone is in the same boat and i
can save you some design time let me know.
Ali.


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Old 05 Oct 2004, 12:53 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"ali" <al.shazz@ihug.co.nz> wrote in message
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> Hi folks, have just replaced part of the oem car stereo in my camry,

problem
> is that using the existing aerial which is the type built into the rear
> window heater foil I get really crap reception..is there some sort of

aerial
> amplifier built into the circuit that needs to be livened up or can

someone
> tell me where the connections are at the rear window so i dont have to

pull
> half the car to bits trying to find it and can i unplug it at this end and
> add an aftermarket aerial, or do i need to start from scratch, run aerial
> cable from the trunk up to the head unit etc...HELP!!!


You can fit an conventional aerial no problems. My '96 uses a short 2-piece
telescoping aerial which is a std Toyota thing, It is mounted on the roof at
the driver's corner (car is right-hand drive, courtesy of our pomme
heritage).

It sounds like your aerial connection comes into the radio/player via the
multi-pin connector? If so, connecting a new aerial wont be that big a
problem.

There are pre-amps around that cover MF to VHF broadcast (and run on 12v),
but they can be a PIA in the prescence of interference,..being an untuned
amplifier plus the axiom: 'noise is proportional to bandwidth'


Jason



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Old 07 Oct 2004, 03:50 am   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Jason for your reply..seems i forgot to connect the remote power lead
on the wiring loom and as this powers up the aerial amplifier which is
fitted to cars with an aerial built into the rear demister (like mine)
unsurprisingly the reception was pretty awfull..have rectified this today
and all is well...thanks again for your reply.
"Jason James" <vellicet@bigpond.com> wrote in message
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> "ali" <al.shazz@ihug.co.nz> wrote in message
> news:cjtv2s$1fu$1@lust.ihug.co.nz...
> > Hi folks, have just replaced part of the oem car stereo in my camry,

> problem
> > is that using the existing aerial which is the type built into the rear
> > window heater foil I get really crap reception..is there some sort of

> aerial
> > amplifier built into the circuit that needs to be livened up or can

> someone
> > tell me where the connections are at the rear window so i dont have to

> pull
> > half the car to bits trying to find it and can i unplug it at this end

and
> > add an aftermarket aerial, or do i need to start from scratch, run

aerial
> > cable from the trunk up to the head unit etc...HELP!!!

>
> You can fit an conventional aerial no problems. My '96 uses a short

2-piece
> telescoping aerial which is a std Toyota thing, It is mounted on the roof

at
> the driver's corner (car is right-hand drive, courtesy of our pomme
> heritage).
>
> It sounds like your aerial connection comes into the radio/player via the
> multi-pin connector? If so, connecting a new aerial wont be that big a
> problem.
>
> There are pre-amps around that cover MF to VHF broadcast (and run on 12v),
> but they can be a PIA in the prescence of interference,..being an untuned
> amplifier plus the axiom: 'noise is proportional to bandwidth'
>
>
> Jason
>
>
>



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Old 09 Oct 2004, 01:44 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"ali" <al.shazz@ihug.co.nz> wrote in message
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> Thanks Jason for your reply..seems i forgot to connect the remote power

lead
> on the wiring loom and as this powers up the aerial amplifier which is
> fitted to cars with an aerial built into the rear demister (like mine)
> unsurprisingly the reception was pretty awfull..have rectified this today
> and all is well...thanks again for your reply.


I learnt something as well ie Toy' fit preamps to rear-window aerial
installs.

Jason


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