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nhopton
2005-08-10, 05:43
Fellow Squeezers, I've been toying with the idea of buying a little low-powered FM transmitter to plug into the headphone socket of the Squeezebox so that I can listen to the SB on any of the FM portable radios that we have about the house. Like when I'm in the bath, for example. Mono would do.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

Of course, I would have to give the most solemn assurances to any seller that the unit would not be used within the UK.

Regards,
Nick Hopton.

Roy Owen
2005-08-10, 09:20
It's not very powerfull but I like the iRock. Works great for my MP3 player
in the car.

On 8/10/05, nhopton <nhopton.1tjtt0 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:
>
>
> Fellow Squeezers, I've been toying with the idea of buying a little
> low-powered FM transmitter to plug into the headphone socket of the
> Squeezebox so that I can listen to the SB on any of the FM portable
> radios that we have about the house. Like when I'm in the bath, for
> example. Mono would do.
>
> Does anyone have any recommendations?
>
> Of course, I would have to give the most solemn assurances to any
> seller that the unit would not be used within the UK.
>
> Regards,
> Nick Hopton.
>
>
> --
> nhopton
>

Gregory Forrest
2005-08-10, 09:23
Nick:

I have been looking for the same thing. My search found many kits, and
many low-power devices. While I can build the kits, I have little time or
desire and would prefer to purchase a 1/2 watt stereo capable unit (yea, I
know that this does not meet Part 15 FCC limits, but the low-power units
that comply do not have useable range, and they seem to be RF bandwidth
limited and have poor frequency response).

I am considering some user, professional FM modulators - the kind the CATV
industry uses here in the US. I will let you know if I find some.

Greg
>
> Fellow Squeezers, I've been toying with the idea of buying a little
> low-powered FM transmitter to plug into the headphone socket of the
> Squeezebox so that I can listen to the SB on any of the FM portable
> radios that we have about the house. Like when I'm in the bath, for
> example. Mono would do.
>
> Does anyone have any recommendations?
>
> Of course, I would have to give the most solemn assurances to any
> seller that the unit would not be used within the UK.
>
> Regards,
> Nick Hopton.

nhopton
2005-08-10, 11:25
Thanks to all for the replies. Since I made the original posting I've found the following:

http://www.veronica.co.uk/50mwsb.htm

but it might be overkill for what I need. Roy, do you have any idea what the range of the iRock is when used about the house?

Regards,
Nick.

klgray
2005-08-10, 13:16
I've read good things about this one:

http://www.ccrane.com/radios/fm-transmitters/fm-transmitter.aspx

and it can be hacked to extend the range:

http://www.xm411.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?p=8151

Ken

Gregory Forrest
2005-08-10, 17:23
Here is another:

http://www.ramseyelectronics.com/cgi-bin/commerce.exe?preadd=action&key=FM35

Fully assembled, its cost is about equal to the Squeezebox...

It is amazing that these are so expensive - I can buy a rock-solid 2.4 or
5.8 GHz (not *MHz*) WiFi card for less than a third of this price. Why is 1
RF watt at 88 MHz, with 20 KHz of audio response so costly in 2005??

Greg

>
> Thanks to all for the replies. Since I made the original posting I've
> found the following:
>
> http://www.veronica.co.uk/50mwsb.htm
>
> but it might be overkill for what I need. Roy, do you have any idea
> what the range of the iRock is when used about the house?
>
> Regards,
> Nick.

pfarrell
2005-08-10, 17:29
> It is amazing that these are so expensive - I can buy a rock-solid 2.4 or
> 5.8 GHz (not *MHz*) WiFi card for less than a third of this price. Why is 1
> RF watt at 88 MHz, with 20 KHz of audio response so costly in 2005??

The main driver in any piece of electronics is volume. These aim at a
much smaller market than the WiFi gear. Plus, there are serious FCC
rules for things that transmit in the regulated FM band.

The radios are very small niche products.


--
Pat
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/slimsoftware.html

Craig
2005-08-11, 02:35
This place seems to have loads of em and UK based too

http://www.egears.co.uk/cat_fm.cfm

Craig

jscovell
2005-08-11, 16:08
I picked up a microtransmitter last month at Radio Shack for $30. It works fine in my office, uses two AAA batteries or a 5v DC plug-in. Range is stated as being 10 to 30 feet, but I have not experimented much; the radio in my officce is about 10' away.