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Tips for Improving Reception

Most people rely on the internal antenna that’s inside your radio, but this internal antenna isn’t very effective. So the first thing you should try for better reception is to attach an external antenna to your receiver and then to the wall. External antennas can be purchased at any electronics store and are relatively inexpensive. Some higher-end radios, could come with two external antennas. One antenna might look like a straight piece of wire—this is the FM antenna. The FM antenna supplied might also look like a “T”; this is called a “dipole” antenna. The AM antenna looks like a black square with loops of wire wrapped around it, with a wire extending from it that attaches to your receiver, and is called a “loop” antenna.


Another option is to purchase a powered antenna or a “tunable loop”. This is a loop antenna with an amplifier built in—it can be powered by battery or can be plugged into the wall. The higher-priced units (in the range of $50 and higher) come equipped with tuning dials, so you can pick one frequency that will be more sensitive and have better reception than the rest.


Be sure to position your radio away from televisions, dvd or cd players, computers, anything with a motor (hairdryers, blenders, etc.), and other electronics. There are circuits inside such electronics that tend to generate low-level signals. These signals can interfere with radio reception.

 

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