Poor reception might be remedied with these antenna methods
Some of us are old school at heart, which also means some of us still listen to the radio the traditional way ….. We turned up our antennas and stereos.
When you put the concept of digital radio aside and get your hands on a classic analog stereo system, you might be surprised how much fun you have with it. Beware, you might get addicted!
Keep in mind, however, that while they can be a great alternative to paying for satellite radio and streaming services, there is one challenge that can get in the way: static.
It is common for people to say, “Never mind!” and try another radio station without thinking that it could improve the signal with just a few additional movements.
That’s where I come in! Here are a few tricks for you to keep your sleeves up the next time you get into radio silence (I couldn’t resist …). And even better, they are simple. May I say it’s even easier than turning electronics off and on again? Quite possible….
How do I improve the signal of my favorite radio station?
And the answer to that million dollar question is …
Yes. The key to a good signal is always the antenna.
The best way to improve your reception is to install one external antenna. These offer much better reception than cheap built-in ones. You can often see built-in antennas in pocket radios, clock radios, and even most table radios. Keep this in mind the next time you buy a new receiver.
All you have to do is look in the back of the radio. If you don’t see a black wire antenna attached, the antenna is external. Another “tip” would be the manual that mentions that the antenna is supplied as an accessory.
Just install the antenna, move it a little and voila! A better signal.
What kind of radios have the option of an external antenna?
Here are some that I recommend:
- Sangean (my favorite brand)
- LG stereos
- Some Phillips stereo systems
You can also look for other brands of antenna if the external antenna that came with your radio does not work satisfactorily. One brand that I can highly recommend is Terk’s passive antennas. They look very nice and really help. You can check them out on Amazon. Remember that you can only install a Terk antenna if there is an electrical outlet for it.
Check for FM mode
Another trick for a better signal is to see if there is an FM mode feature available. In some cases it is sufficient to switch off the FM stereo function. You will surprisingly see this feature on some cheap radios.
If you have a radio with a built-in antenna, move the radio around to see if it is helping with something. The best place to put it would be in front of a window
What type of radios / antennas should I avoid?
SAVE BRANDS! Unfortunately, they tend to disintegrate quickly. In this case there is no substitute.