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Subject: Re: FM transmitters - any suggestions ?

Re: FM transmitters - any suggestions ?

From: icabod <>
Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2003 15:07:58 -0800

Recently on the AJB6000 Group on Yahoo, a user posted about modifying his iRock to use a 3volt cig lighter adapter instead of batteries.

The long and the short of it is that the iRock performs better with new batteries. Since alkalines drop in voltage as they die, the iRock doesn't work very well for long.

The obvious conclusion is: Why don't you rig some constant power to it?

Hence the Great iRock Hack.

Details can be found here:
and here:

On a somewhat unrelated note: I drive a 2002 Honda Civic. I hadda get hte iRock 'cause I don't have a tape deck (Why oh why was I cursed with a great CD player!?). The radio antenna is actually printed on the back windshield of the car. I experimented with different positions for the iRock to get the best possible reception. I finally settled on running a 5-foot extension to the iRock and hanging it from the back of the passenger seat headrest. It's quite convenient and the sound quality is much better.

But it's still only about 2 1/2 feet closer to the antenna than before.

I guess my recommendation would be to place the iRock as close to your antenna as possible... even if that means having to reach for it.

And of course, I will post my results when I solder up a permanent power supply to it.
Received on 2003-01-08

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