still New to the goldwing


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66frommd
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still New to the goldwing

Postby 66frommd » Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:46 pm



Does anyone know if there's a better quality antennae for radio reception? Reception seemed to be better last week than what I'm getting now, even down back roads with trees and hills. I kinda expected that with the XM, but not the radio.



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Re: still New to the goldwing

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:44 am

If it was working better before, I would take a look at the antenna connectors. Take the seat off, pull the connectors apart and clean them with a quality contact cleaner.

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Re: still New to the goldwing

Postby robokp66 » Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:24 am

Since day 1 I have had a/fm problems and I live n a state where we have a OT of stations. The fm will only receive for short bits even though I am with in range of the stations since I also drive the same roads in my truck I know where I have to change a station which is very rare. I have complained since day 1 BUT the dealership, which has closed stated that they could not do anything, it was a issue with the manufacturer of the radio. I wrote to Honda years ago but never heard back so I assumed that once they had my money that was it. I even tried sat radio which was sort of OK on our trip to Nova Scotia BUT still intermittent at times so ow, I just listen to the CD player and am on the second one so far since even those will pass away. If anyone does know of a way to make these expensive machines have a am/fm radio that works as it should, PLEASE let me know I have already checked all of the connections by taking everything apart, cleaning everything, etc- just poor quality issues when it comes to the radio reception and it seems that everyone just passes the buck when you complain about the poor reception.
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66frommd
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Re: still New to the goldwing

Postby 66frommd » Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:49 am

Strangely enough my XM gets better reception than my FM. I have an extra XM antenna that has a long enough wire that I can try various locations on the bike. If I find a good spot, I will hit you back and let you know the location. I was thinking, if all else fails, I'll Velcro it to the top of my helmet! Talking about hard up!

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Re: still New to the goldwing

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:08 pm

My XM antenna sits on my dash, right up against the windshield, and it gets excellent receiption. The problem with satellite radio is that its signals are blocked by your body, so if you have it on your trunk, if you or your passenger is in between it and the satellite, you get no signal. I found the spot I used was the best place for it - apart from the top of your helmet, which would work VERY well. :)

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Re: still New to the goldwing

Postby flash2002 » Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:47 am

Just a wild guess but, is it possible the antenna wire is short causing bad reception.




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