Poor radio Reception ????


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Poor radio Reception ????

Post by curtm » Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:44 pm



Only had my 1500 91 model for a for 6 month's, front speaker were trashed and thought that was the lack of decent sound, Replaced front speakers and seems was not all the speakers, the radio reception seems to be extremely poor at best, i can not use the radio in my metal shop which i already know , But even not near that the reception is not great, Vehicle radios all work fine but bike reception is terrible, anyone ever had this issue, before i start tearing things apart to check antenna connections, Aerial is fine and all intact
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Re: Poor radio Reception ????

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:46 pm

just as a matter of comparison,

my '94SE FM radio would pickup signals 70 to 100 miles away in the deserts of Arizona.

that is mostly straight line, other areas will be less, but you should get good reception 25 to 50 miles almost anywhere.
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Re: Poor radio Reception ????

Post by DenverWinger » Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:02 pm

I had terrible radio reception until I figured how to work the CD changer and AUX input, it is connected to an FM modulator which interrupts the antenna, and you tune the FM to 88.7 to get CD or AUX. Turn the controller off and the radio reception returns.

Did somebody add a modulator to your radio?
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Re: Poor radio Reception ????

Post by curtm » Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:37 pm

Denverwinger, Wow, i would have thought of that, yes i do have one, have to try that tomorrow
Thanks
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Re: Poor radio Reception ????

Post by curtm » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:33 pm

Well got rid of the modulator, reception still sucks
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Re: Poor radio Reception ????

Post by DenverWinger » Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:48 am

Curt, Time to pull the radio shelter and disconnect the antenna lead from the radio.

You can check the antenna mount and cable with an ohmmeter. Measure between the antenna rod and the center pin on the cable that plugs into the radio. That should read a short (very low ohms). Measure again between the center pin and the outer metal shell on the plug that goes into the radio. That should read open (no reading). Measure again from the outer shell to ground on the bike. That should read a short. If you get different readings could be a problem with antenna cable or mount.

If the antenna and cable check out good, you've pretty well narrowed it down to the radio itself. Sierra Electronics seems to be the highly recommended service center for our Goldwing Radios. Sierra Electronics, Troy OH, www.sierra-mc.com

Not sure about shipping costs between Ontario and Ohio, you might want to call them first and ask about that, or maybe WingAdmin or other members know of a good Canadian radio service center.
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Re: Poor radio Reception ????

Post by RockportDave » Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:25 pm

The antenna connection on my 1999 has to be pushed in completely or the radio doesn’t pickup very well. The plug is very tight and I have to push it pretty hard to get it in completely.
Also, the CB will override the radio. Turning the CB on and off has helped mine.
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Re: Poor radio Reception ????

Post by curtm » Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:53 pm

Well i guess i will pull radio and have a look at radio connections, job for the weekend, will let you know how it goes
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Re: Poor radio Reception ????

Post by Mh434 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:46 pm

Bear in mind that there is more than one antenna connector in its cable. There's one at the radio unit, and another one under the passenger's seat. Make sure both are clean & have solid connections.

Another good (cheap!) test would be to try a regular, discarded car antenna, plugged into the connector under the rear seat - if reception is good, then it could be that the cable's connection to (or inside) the antenna itself is damaged.

I always like to try the simplest, cheapest things first!



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