Radio problem

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PAUL BRADY
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The antenna lead plugs directly into the back of the stock radio and attached is a stock image from amazon, but is exactly what I have.
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Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 AT 9:26 AM
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The back of the stock radio where the antenna plugs in.
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Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 AT 9:27 AM
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STEVE W.
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Okay, you need to find the "antenna power" or "amplifier on" or similar wire on the new radio. It will be a wire that is used to turn on an accessory when the radio is on. Normally it would turn on/off with the radio and if you turn the key on/off with the radio on. It should be labelled as one of the above in the radios information. It would connect to the blue wire on the adapter you bought. It feeds power through the stock wiring into the antenna. To test it and be sure you could just touch the blue wire you have on that adapter to a 12 volt source with the radio turned to one of the weak stations. It should boost it way up if the amplifier in the antenna is working.
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Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 AT 3:36 PM
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So in other words I could hook it to the yellow red or black wire on the radio harness? Or which wire would you suggest other than the orange one I don’t have?
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Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 AT 3:55 PM
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The new radio comes on when I turn my car on and doesn’t turn off until I turn my car off.
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Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 AT 3:59 PM
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STEVE W.
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What make model of radio is the new one? I could look up that and see what it has for power. The ideal wire would be the blue one in the list as it is the antenna power. But if they show the radio diagram it may have that in a different color.
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Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 AT 4:04 PM
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Here is the information for it and what it looks like:
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Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 AT 4:06 PM
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Okay, according to Pioneer you should have a blue wire with a white stripe tagged as "System Remote Control" That is the power wire that would go to the antenna (or other items that you want to turn on with the radio, like an external amplifier. If that wire is connected to the blue wire on your antenna adapter you should be all set.
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Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 AT 7:19 PM
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I just tried it and I now have music and clear reception on AM/FM! Thank you! I would’ve never been able to figure it out alone.
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Saturday, January 5th, 2019 AT 10:17 AM
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STEVE W.
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You're welcome, This happens a lot on newer vehicles. Many use the short antennas with an active amplifier but for some reason only a few of the aftermarket companies tell you they need to be connected to make them work.

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Sunday, January 6th, 2019 AT 8:56 AM

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