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Old 11-30-2021, 03:44 PM   #1
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Static Radio Signal

I have a 2020 Outback 340BH. it has a Jensen stereo system in it JWM45 I think is the Radio. Im curious as to why the reception on it is HORRIBLE!! I am in a open area at an RV Resort in Greater Phoenix trying to listen to a popular Country station and the static is horrible. Is there something I need to connect or buy and connect it to for reception?
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Old 11-30-2021, 04:31 PM   #2
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Pull the radio out and see if it has an antenna connected to it. Many were installed with a "wire antenna " that's just balled up behind the radio. If your trailer has KeyTV and the radio has a coax cable going to it check to make sure the coax yo the radio is connected to the KeyTV unit. If you're tr6ing to listen to AM the best you can do is install an am antenna. Most RV radios aren't made with good AM recievers.
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Old 12-01-2021, 07:15 AM   #3
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I took a look and it is coaxed with the T.V. I checked thew connections they were a little loose but tightening them didn't really help. I just find it odd. Its a popular FM station so I know the radio station is putting out the signal. I appreciate your response. Maybe I will call Jensen and check with them.

Thank you again!!
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Old 12-01-2021, 08:02 AM   #4
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Our radio in the Montana barely picked up FM stations and AM was nothing but static. I pulled the unit out and the flat wire antenna was rolled up behind the radio. I rolled it out and moved it around to various positions testing how signals were picked up. FM was “best” with the antenna suspended in the middle of the living room (not a viable option) but signal was barely improved with it extended vertically hidden behind the TV.

I bought a $15 car antenna at Walmart and mounted it in the entertainment center behind the TV in the back corner by the outside wall of the slide out. FM is much improved and AM is better but weak and still lots of static. We have a good portable AM-FM-weather radio that we use for AM listening.

In our previous RVs where the radio actually worked as expected - they had an antenna mounted on the roof (96 Sportsmen, 93 Alpenlite, 87 Alpenlite). Our 2011 Jayco had a worthless radio with no exterior antenna. The radio in our 2017 Laredo was also worthless. I am convinced that if you want a radio in the RV that functions like a car radio - you will need to have a roof mounted antenna. I don’t want to poke holes in my roof - so we use the portable.

Our unit does not have KeyTV so I have no idea how the radio is supposed to interface with that system.
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Old 12-01-2021, 08:15 AM   #5
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On my TT, I have to have the OTA booster switch on for the radio to receive any signals. Since you have a 2020, you might have the Key TV module. That module may be the problem by not letting FM signals come through. Do you tv's work on the antenna?
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