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Tech tip: FM car transmitter

Here’s a quick tip for those of you who use a FM transmitter to listen to audiobooks on your MP3 player, iPod, or Playaway in a car without a line-in jack. Sirius Satellite Radio has a free FM Channel finder that will give you the frequency with the fewest interruptions:

SIRIUS FM Channel Finder is a free resource that you can use any time to find one or more potentially vacant FM frequencies. In most areas, we will give you a choice of up to five frequencies to try, ranked by how far away they are from other radio stations. SIRIUS FM Channel Finder can be used in the 48 contiguous states served by SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

Thanks to Lifehacker for the link! And if you are a total gearhead and have a hankering to get out the soildering iron, Lifehacker suggests this Adding Auxiliary Input to a Car Stereo post from Donn Morrison.

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About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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  1. chasidar@gmail.com' fern chasida says:

    I listen to audiobooks i’ve downloaded to my mp3 player in the car, attached with an aux. cable, but the volume is never loud enough, especially when i’m on the highway. any suggestions?

  2. Mary says:

    Fern, I am NOT a total gearhead, but when I read the Adding Auxiliary Input post mentioned above there was this comment: “Update Steve left a comment suggesting the reason for the FM volume decreasing is due to an automatic gain control circuit located after the PT2313L which controls the volume in cases where the strength of the FM signal causes variance. Thanks, Steve.” So I think maybe the volume has to do with the automatic gain control. But I have NO idea what to do about it!
    Mary

  3. beautiful site..))
    I will go to you.

  4. zkan.zcan@hotmail.com' Estetik says:

    thank you vrey nice blog

  5. vyuksel@iski.gov.tr' jigolo says:

    very very good great article thank you.

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