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FM reception [Jan. 17th, 2002|04:25 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Is there a trick to getting good FM radio reception?

I plugged in some random wires and it sounded like ass, so I went out and bought a $4 "FM Dipole antenna" that looked much like my random wires, and it too sounds like ass.

Is the trick longer/thicker wire? Should I just buy a bunch of speaker wire and run it all over the damn place?

Listening to radio in my room would be neat.

[User Picture]From: eli
2002-01-17 05:07 pm (UTC)


Sometimes there's FM fadio running through cable TV lines. We used to have a reciever hooked up to the cable that way. Not sure if AT&T does it or not. Suppose you'd probably need a TV tuner card to do that(some come with radio programs).....maybe you have one.

Otherwise I recommend wallpapering your room with aluminum foil and placing your radio as close to the window as possible :-)

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[User Picture]From: mart
2002-01-17 05:31 pm (UTC)

I've had no problem getting good FM reception from a weeny little plastic thing. (Of course, it's not all plastic, there's a conductor wrapped around it...)

It's just a coil of wire, really, with a bit coming off it to the back of my tuner. It works just great, so long as it's in a good location and oriented correctly. (Remember all those dumb hand-rules in physics and you're set, I guess. I can't actually remember which one applies here, because I hated physics and promptly forgot it... I just twiddle the arial until it works.)

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[User Picture]From: marcuso
2002-01-17 06:18 pm (UTC)
Dipole antennas are usually the best thing to use short of a roof top antenna (and they usually work pretty well). Do you have the anteena spread out in a big "T" like it is supposed to be? If that doesn't work, your tuner probably sucks....
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[User Picture]From: nolegs
2002-01-17 06:40 pm (UTC)
Get one of those things that makes B.B. King crash into your house. Then turn on the Britney Spears channel.
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From: sonicice
2002-01-17 06:47 pm (UTC)
Usually you have to stand in weird, uncomfortable positions holding the wires in order for it to come in.
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From: curtankerous
2002-01-17 07:43 pm (UTC)
Excellent choice. And no line of sight issues for the FM signal.
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[User Picture]From: solace
2002-01-17 09:04 pm (UTC)
lol, glad i dont' have any roomates :)

seems to keep up ok on my road runner line (2 meg/400k)

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From: ex_lifeofbri692
2002-01-17 09:38 pm (UTC)
Who gives these people the right to use enough bandwidth to fill the Key Arena with warez pups!!!
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From: evan
2002-01-17 09:46 pm (UTC)
They're owned by EMP (= Paul Allen now).
On the UW bandwidth, I think. It's gross, isn't it?
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From: ex_lifeofbri692
2002-01-17 09:47 pm (UTC)


Yeah.. I figured that was the deal. Anyhow... I think it's great how they've kept the format the same w/ the studio/call letter changes. The UW really didn't have much input into the station in first place.

I'd like to see student-run radio station at the UW.
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[User Picture]From: marcuso
2002-01-17 09:44 pm (UTC)
I would feel guilty for taking up such a substantial amount of bandwidth, and slowing down everyone on my block....
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From: evan
2002-01-17 09:46 pm (UTC)
(See comment above.)
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[User Picture]From: rockbugg
2002-01-17 11:08 pm (UTC)
In the past I have used tightly wound copper wire as an FM antenna. Whatever you do, dont buy an expensive (more than $10) antenna, say from Radioshack, because they are mostly plastic. Also, never use any sort of signal booster. They usually just create noise or overshoot the desired frequency.

The comment about the wire in the "T" shape was pretty dead on.
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[User Picture]From: j_rod
2002-01-18 06:07 pm (UTC)


Listening to radio in your room is sweet. I think this is on of my best investments ever:

Good quality piece of work. No alarm, no display, not even in 'stereo'. Its_just_a_radio, simple, serene, and that;s what I like about it.

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