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Old 07-22-2013, 08:27 PM   #11
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OBTW, anyone wanting to tie the Roof Antenna into their Genesis, the require adapter cable is not available at Radio Shack.

You can get the cable from MCM.

Motorola to F Connector 36'' Cable | 10TV110 | Distributed By MCM

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This past weekend I tried to listen to an AM ststion 60 miles away on my Genesis. I ended picking up an inexpensive portable and setting it on the table to get a weather report. Tonight I ordered the cable, we'll see if that makes the Genesis usable.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:49 PM   #12
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This past weekend I tried to listen to an AM ststion 60 miles away on my Genesis. I ended picking up an inexpensive portable and setting it on the table to get a weather report. Tonight I ordered the cable, we'll see if that makes the Genesis usable.
Gee, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the Roof Antenna mod for the Genesis System only improves the FM and Weather stations. I have not idea where the AM antenna is.

Having said that, I did not try the AM stations before and after doing the mod, and would appreciate your observations regarding the AM reception.

You "should" have good NOAA Weather reception after the mod, and can get weather information through NOAA.

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Old 07-23-2013, 08:16 PM   #13
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Having said that, I did not try the AM stations before and after doing the mod, and would appreciate your observations regarding the AM reception.


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I'll let you know. Like a car radio, I only have one antenna connection where it seems AM & FM share the one antenna. Can't be very effecient. In some cases the AM antenna is a winding around the main antenna wire or power cord. Now FM frequencies are within the range of old TV antennas. The old channel 6 audio is near 88FM, then there's quite a gap to channel 7 which is near NOAA freq's. Therefore the tv antenna can't be very effecient for AM but if I get NOAA and FM radio I wont need AM.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:59 AM   #14
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Okey-dokey, mod done and FM and NOAA are coming in 5 by 5. The AM band is now MIA. However, I'll trade AM for NOAA, hands down.
The real test will come next weekend in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. West Virginia University has a string of stations simulcasting NPR content. We have always been in range of one of these (until we bought "Rocky" and the infamous Genesis 3.0) camping in the Va. mountains.
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:44 PM   #15
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Works well. I installed downstream from the booster. AM seems to be okay too.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:10 PM   #16
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Works well. I installed downstream from the booster. AM seems to be okay too.
Tested this past weekend. Got 4 NOAA stations where I got none before. AM not so good but whatever. BEST $10 MOD!
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:16 PM   #17
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Just wondering if you can make your own by just attaching a F connector to a old car antenna?
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:09 PM   #18
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Just wondering if you can make your own by just attaching a F connector to a old car antenna?
An F connector is made to attach to cable wire which has a center wire and braided wire surrounding the inner insulation. If an old car antenna wire is the same diameter and wire structure, I don't see why not.
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Just wondering if you can make your own by just attaching a F connector to a old car antenna?
There will be an impedance mismatch, as the F connectors are designed for either 50 or 75 Ohm cable, and the cable used for an automotive antenna does not have a specific impedance.

This will not result in a loss that exceeds the gain that you will realize from using the roof antenna with amplifier however, and will still result in much improved reception.

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Old 08-13-2013, 03:43 PM   #20
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I also have the genesis unit in our 2012 tt. Cant hardly get local stations. Lots of static. Thought our tec. was way past that. I plug in my phone, Samsung s3, to the genesis and listen to Iheart radio which gives me all the local stations plus anything else I care to listen to. Problem solved, kinda. Anyway its a free app. and i'm sure ther are a lot more out there.
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