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Unread 03-03-2013, 12:45 PM   #1
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FM reception in your garage / shop

Has anyone found a good way of getting good, constant FM reception on a home / portable type "boom box" stereo? I have a cheap $90 radio / cassette / cd stereo with removable side speakers that I bought years ago at WallyWorld. I have it on a shelf in my 24x28 block garage. Sometimes it gets good reception, other times not. And it almost seems like it changes for a particular station in January, when another close station bleeds over and dominates the preferred station. I got one of those FM antenna's with the ring and bunny ear telescopic antenna's from radio shack, but I can only wrap the wire ends around the stereo's telescopic ant. because it has no ant. screws or anything. And I've tried putting wires from the ant. on the stereo and run them near power outlets. I've leaned other metal or alum. against them. I've even ran a split wire "T" 75 ohm dipole antenna to the outside but it had to be mounted across the wall.
I just can't get anything constant to work, other then when me or my hand is near the stereo. The summer time isn't quite as bad. I'm looking for some ideas of what you guys may have found that helps.

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Unread 03-03-2013, 01:04 PM   #2
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Adding wires to the antenna should help but I think they have to be a specific length to help pick up the radio waves correctly, I don't think it is a longer is better scenario. I gave up on FM and put my old crappy computer in the garage. I can listen to my music library or just about any other radio station online. Plus it was handy to have Google and JF at a fingers length when rebuilding the Jeep.
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Unread 03-03-2013, 01:13 PM   #3
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I gave up also and I jacked the spare t.v. and satellite out of the guest bedroom and installed it in the garage. I can now watch nascar, listen to the satellite radio stations and drink beer all without disturbing the wife. I should have never put the old la-z-boy recliner in the garage. My productivity has gone down the crapper while I am out there.
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Unread 03-03-2013, 01:32 PM   #4
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Maybe you should blame the radio... FM reception depends on the resonant components in the circuit, and they get old and drift. Stability also depends on temperature.

Maybe it's time for a new radio?

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Unread 03-03-2013, 01:43 PM   #5
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I installed peakers in my shop, then ran wires tot eh stereo in the house.. Since I have both sat radio into teh stereo and music channels on the tele, I do not have any reception issues..
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