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BrianA
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Calomax wrote:
scubaalan wrote
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I got told of delays that didn't exist and not told of those that did
I had the same using TT Traffic in France in July but then came home to a huge mobile phone bill. So I've bought the latest TMC-RDS based on the posts that said it works well with v8.10.

Now I'm getting worried that I've wasted yet more cash.


As I understand it reception on the continent is much better than in the UK (where it depends on Classic FM). This won't affect the quality of the content of course ... Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think for a FREE service the TT traffic warnings work very well on my 730t, they do for me anyways, but nothing is perfect & if this traffic service is going to be put down then I will defend it because it's not often you get a FREE service that does work most of the time.

If anyone wants a traffic warning service that is, perhaps, more reliable then you will need to pay for it but when people complain about paying then complain when it's free I can't see how anyone would ever be happy with the traffic warning service Confused .

Not having a dig at anyone person here it's just an observation Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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where it depends on Classic FM
Is that right? I thought it locked onto the strongest local station that provides Traffic Announcements
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The TomTom devices use information from iTIS Holdings who use a number of different radio stations around the country. Classic FM is the one they use the most, other smaller stations are used as regional fillers in areas deviod of a good Classic FM signal.

The list below shows the frequency, transmitter name and Tx Power), any of the frequencies between 99,9 to 102,0 will generally be Classic FM, those outside this narrow band will be private loacal(ish) radio stations.

100.0 North Hessary Tor (160)
100.1 Angus (10)
100.1 Sutton Coldfield (250)
100.2 Bath (200)
100.2 Douglas (1)
100.3 Idle (0.5)
100.3 Pontop Pike (130)
100.3 Rowridge (250)
100.4 Bow Brickhill (10)
100.4 Ridge Hill (4.8)
100.5 Belmont (6.4)
100.5 Londonderry (31)
100.5 Meldrum (150)
100.5 Preseli (7.3)
100.6 Crystal Palace (2)
100.7 Arfon (19)
100.8 Blunsdon (0.72)
100.9 Selkirk (5.4)
100.9 Wrotham (250)
101.0 Fenham (0.05)
101.1 Blaen Plwyf (10)
101.1 Holme Moss (250)
101.3 Darvel (8)
101.3 Kilvey Hill (1)
101.3 Oxford (46)
101.4 Mounteagle (11)
101.4 Pur Down/ Tapton Hill (0.2)
101.5 Redruth (10)
101.5 Tacoineston (250)
101.6 Bllsdale West Moor (2)
101.6 Great Ormes Head (2.5)
101.7 Black Hill (250)
101.7 Shefield (0.5)
101.7 Wenvoe (250)
101.8 Dover (5.2)
101.8 Hemdean (0.5)
101.8 Morecambe Bay (6.4)
101.9 Divis (250)
101.9 Peterborough (40)
101.9 Whitehawk Hill (0.5)
99.9 Sandale (250)
102.2 Croydon (2)
105.4 Winter Hill (5)
101.8 Burnhope (10)
100.7 Billsdale West More (8,9)"
96.4 Newton (0,2)"
96.2 Fenham (0,05)"
105.4 Winter Hill (5)
106.6 Waltham (10,8)"
105.7 Sutton Coalfield (11)
102.4 Billinge Hill (0,1)"
107.2 High Warren (0,1)"
102.6 Alsagers Bank (4)
96.4 Sutton Common (0,25)"
96.9 Pye Green (0,2)"
102.5 Penrith (0,1)"
102.2 Broughton Moor (0,815)"
103.4 Whitehaven (0,4)"
96.4 Caldbeck 1,25)"
100 Croydon (2)
105.4 Croydon (4)
101 Mendip (40)
97.2 Pur Down (0,3)"
107.7 Gunthope (0,2)"
106.1 Stoke Holy Cross (4)
106.4 Mendlesham (20)
105.6 Madingley (1)
105.8 Poole (0,625)"
105.2 Chillerton Down (10)
105.2 Carmel (3)
105.2 Abergavenny (0,3)"
105.4 St Hilary (5)
105.7 Pesely (9,4)"
105.9 Christchurch (1)
105.9 Aberdare (0,02)"
106 Kilvey Hill (1)
106 Carmarthen (0,02)"
106.1 Ebbw Vale (0,02)"
106.2 Fish Guard (0,5)"

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mike, you can always be relied on to come up with the answers Very Happy . I presume the device constantly searches for the strongest signal.

Sorry if that's an obvious question but, living in Guernsey we don't have any Traffic Announcement radio stations so i haven't been able to try it out yet.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

maca2 wrote:


If anyone wants a traffic warning service that is, perhaps, more reliable then you will need to pay for it but when people complain about paying then complain when it's free I can't see how anyone would ever be happy with the traffic warning service Confused .

Not having a dig at anyone person here it's just an observation Wink


I don't see people complaining about the paid service (other than the cost Shocked )

OTOH there are plenty of people (me included of course) who seem to think that free (apart from c35 for the aerial!) is only worthwhile if it's reasonably accurate. If it's almost random (which IME it is Rolling Eyes ) even free is too expensive.

YMMV ofcourse ... Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BrianA wrote:

YMMV ofcourse ... Wink

I might, if I had any idea what YMMV meant Confused Question
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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BrianA wrote:

YMMV ofcourse ... Wink

I might, if I had any idea what YMMV meant Confused Question


Your Mileage May Vary Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In your part of the world maybe it is inaccurate as you say so it is not of much use.

I found it to be very accurate in the south of the UK & very accurate while driving almost the whole length of the UK then over to Ireland on a recent holiday. I would hate to think that people would be put off from using this free service just because a few have issues with it.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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In your part of the world maybe it is inaccurate as you say so it is not of much use.

I found it to be very accurate in the south of the UK & very accurate while driving almost the whole length of the UK then over to Ireland on a recent holiday. I would hate to think that people would be put off from using this free service just because a few have issues with it.


As you'll see from my email I deliberately waited and tested it across the UK over 6 week period - most certainly not just in the N East. And Mug appears to have done a fair mileage with it as well.

And I'd hardly call it free when you have to pay 35 or so for an aerial.

If it even gave me a modest degree of accuracy I'd have stuck with it. But as I said it was little better than random for me.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know it has been said before but for me the aerial wire (and lozenge) positioning makes a huge difference. To re-iterate 2" away from Pillar and lozenge as far from TT as possible (not far!)
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or for the best results splice the RDS-TMC receiver aerial to the car aerial, this is a topic very well covered within the forum by now and isn't something I am going to re-start here, but trust me it really does make a big difference to reception - Mike
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there any sort of cable that you can just extend the aerial with by any chance? Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikealder wrote:
Or for the best results splice the RDS-TMC receiver aerial to the car aerial, this is a topic very well covered within the forum by now and isn't something I am going to re-start here, but trust me it really does make a big difference to reception - Mike


I agree, I travel the length and breadth of the UK and after splicing in to the aerial and using Navcore 8 it works as well as the GPRS service.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It could be a ariel issue for you Brian so perhaps you might try moving it around a little because mine worked much better after reading a post here & moving the ariel out a little.

As far as I see it the actual service is FREE because you don't need to pay for it & I purchased the whole kit when I brought my TT so I got everything I needed, flying a kit is free but you need to buy the kite Smile
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