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Porsche Communication Management (PCM)
Operation of On-Board Systems
Setting or operating the on-board computer, radio, navigation system, telephone or other equipment when driving could distract you from the traffic. You could lose control of the vehicle resulting in serious personal injury or death.
The reception conditions for the radio module integrated in the PCM change continuously as you drive. Interference from buildings, terrain and the weather is unavoidable.
FM stereo reception is particularly susceptible to varying reception conditions.
Electronic accessories should only be retrofitted by your authorized Porsche dealer.
Accessories which have not been tested and approved by Porsche may impair radio function and reception.
When put into operation for the first time, a distance of approx. 30 miles (50 km) must be driven in order for the navigation system to complete the process of fine calibration.
The same applies when the tires are changed (e.g. summer/snow tires) or new tires fitted.
Full location accuracy is not yet achieved during the fine-calibration process.
If the vehicle has been transported (e.g. ferry, car train), the system may take a few minutes to determine the current location after it has been switched on.
Serious tire slip (e.g. spinning wheels on snow) may result in temporarily inaccurate navigation.
When the battery has been disconnected, it may take up to 15 minutes before the navigation system is operational again.
Car Audio Operation/Tips
For radio operation see your radio manual which is included with your on-board literature.
A vehicle is not an ideal place to listen to a radio. Because the vehicle moves, reception conditions are constantly changing.
Buildings, terrain, signal distance and noise from other vehicles are all working against good reception.
Some conditions affecting FM may appear to be problems when they are not.
The following characteristics are completely normal for a given reception area, and they do not indicate any problem with the radio itself.
Electronic accessories should only be installed by your authorized Porsche dealer.
Equipment which has not been tested and approved by Porsche may impair radio reception.
Fading and drifting
FM range is limited to about 25 miles (40 km), except for some high power stations.
If a vehicle is moving away from the desired station's transmitter, the signal will tend to fade and/or drift. This condition is more prevalent with FM than AM, and is often accompanied by distortion.
Fading and drifting can be minimized to a certain degree by careful attention to fine tuning or selection of a stronger signal.
Static and fluttering
When the line-of-sight link between a transmitter and vehicle is blocked by large buildings or mountains, the radio sound may be accompanied with static or fluttering because of the characteristic of FM.
In a similar effect, a fluttering noise is sometimes heard when driving along a tree-lined road.
This static and fluttering can be reduced by adjusting the tone control for greater bass response until the disturbance has passed.
Because of the reflecting characteristics of FM, direct and reflected signals may reach the antenna at the same time (multipath) and cancel each other out.
As a vehicle moves through these electronic dead spots, the listener may hear a momentary flutter or loss of reception.