An FM transmitter broadcasts your tunes via a weak radio single. The device connects to your music player, and if there are receivers in the immediate area, then it should pick up the signal. However, if you tweak it, then you can make the signal even stronger. If you want to learn what to do to make this happen, then continue to read on.
You’ll need the following:
. A soldering iron and copper wire
. A small putty knife and a 35 inch or smaller telescoping antenna
. An FM radio transmitter
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Open The Transmitter Up
First, pry open the transmitter’s case seem or use a screwdriver if there are screws that are keeping the transmitter shut. Be careful when prying it open because you don’t want damage the electronics inside. When the transmitter has been opened up, you want to locate the antenna, which may be in the form of a wire, a metal stick or another type of object. Also, the object may be labelled ANT, which is short for “antenna”.
Replace The Antenna
Next, remove the old antenna and then replace it with the telescoping antenna, which will require it being soldered into place. If the new antenna doesn’t fit properly, then create a whole new case for it or create a hole for the antenna. There are dozens and dozens of antennas out there that are cheap that will do the trick just fine.
Just make sure that the new antenna is 35 inches long or less. Anything bigger than that won’t work too well. Plus, you want to make sure people with a radio receiver can tune into it, so don’t use an antenna longer than 35 inches.
Remove The Resistors
Next, remove the resistors. most FM transmitters have one of these, and it is usually marked with the letter R. This is to limit the signal’s power. Take the copper wire and use that to replace the resistors.
Choose Your Device
You’ll want to choose the device you will be broadcasting from, and there are many models to choose from. What you want to do is compare as many devices as you can. After you settle on what device you’ll be using, you’ll be able to start creating your personal podcasts or making your playlist.
Test Things Out
After you have made modifications to your transmitter, you want to test it out. Connect it to your device and turn them on. Then you’ll want to choose the frequency on the transmitter after you tune the receiver to the radio.
If everything was done properly, then the audio should be heard via your device. Start to move your transmitter away from the receiver. When the sound starts to fade, then that is where the limit is.
Now You Can Go Live
After you have done all of the above, the last thing you have to do is go live. You want to advertise your station’s frequency, so put a bumper sticker on your car that says you have a frequency that others can tune into. Whenever cars are near you, they’ll know how to tune into your broadcast. Before you know it, there are will loyal commuters tuning into your broadcast whenever they see your bumper sticker.
Do you find yourself stuck in traffic jams often? If so, then be prepared to build up a following very quickly. Good luck with implementing the above advice and tips.