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Old 05-06-2010, 11:00 PM   #1
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Question Concertone Wiring

Those of you that have had the Concertone head units out, how was the antenna co-axial cable connected to the unit? On my Rockwood, it appears that Forest River just stripped the insulation back a bit, folded the braided copper back & stuck the cable into a "connection" on the back. The reception is very tenuous & varies if the cable is "wiggled".

Shouldn't there be a proper connector on the end of the coaxial cable? Is there a proper/better way?

Any electronic equip' that I've seen using co-axial cable has a "female" connector on the cable & a "male" on the unit. The ZX-75 just has a "socket" that FR pushed the cable into.
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:29 PM   #2
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It should have the proper connection in place.



The Radio antenna cable should look like this.




The CATV cable should look like this.
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:34 PM   #3
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BTW, You should take a picture of the connection(or non connection) and send it to FR.

If it's as you've described, that is sh**ty work.
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The radio cable definately doesn't look like the 1 shown in your pic. Do you have a PN for it? Also, can the cable be replaced w/o removing the radio antenna from the roof?

If possible, a larger pic would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for the quick reply
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:56 PM   #5
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I did some searching around the 'net & found this. I guess the terminal can be added w/o removing the cable from the TT. I wonder if special tools are required to crimp the terminal to the cable?
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Old 05-23-2010, 06:04 AM   #6
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On my Rockwood, it appears that Forest River just stripped the insulation back a bit, folded the braided copper back & stuck the cable into a "connection" on the back. The reception is very tenuous & varies if the cable is "wiggled".
This could explain radio performance on my new unit (ZX75, new 2011 Shamrock 19).

DVD video, CD audio, iPod connected to AUX1 all work very well. When on Tuner for radio, the sound cuts in and out, very disappointed to have to bring the whole trailer to the dealer for this...

Is it difficult to pull out to inspect the connections ?

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Old 05-24-2010, 09:50 PM   #7
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Push the litlle tabs inward on the sides of the unit to remove. I think 6 screws hold the unit.
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:37 PM   #8
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We also have an issue with our radio however the antenna for the am/fm radio is the correct male/female connection. We weren't able to hear anything when we were close to many stations - now that we are home & out away from anything close it seems to be working or at least we can hear the station now. Go figure!

Here is a update to the noise in the Concertone AM/FM radio. While in the trailer I happened to turn the radio on & there wasn't any noise/interference. It turns out that I was not hooked to shore power at the time. As soon as I would hook to shore (110) power the noise would come back. Today I talked to Mike at FR & we decided to try installing noise suppressors. At Radio Shack I purchased one for the 12V power line it is called Snap Choke Core part # 273-0069 & one for the antenna coax called Ferrite Data-Line part # 273-0105. I left the radio playing for several hours (hooked to shore power) with no interference!

Mike told me if it worked send him the receipt & he would pay for the parts. Will leave the radio on tomorrow but at this time it appears the problem is solved.
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The radio reception on my trailer is much worse that my car that is parked right next to it. That is another project I need to put on the list.
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I wonder if special tools are required to crimp the terminal to the cable?
I asked @ a car audio place about the terminal & it's a soldered connection. No crimping.
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