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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   Tony Woods

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Posted August 20 2001 - 07:42 AM

Anyone have some good tips on how to get good FM reception from a receiver? Maybe a link or two to some good antaneas?

Thanks a lot


#2 of 7 OFFLINE   Darrel McBane

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Posted August 20 2001 - 10:14 AM

I'm using a powered terk AFI AM/FM antenna. I found the best price at QVC of all places. Something like $56.00 If I remember right.

Audio Advisor also has a pretty good choice. This one is highly regarded. But more than the terk. http://www.audioadvi....asp?sku=MAGST2

Also good prices and selection here. http://www.audio-dir....n_desc=Antenna

Good luck. Getting a good reception can be a major pain.


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#3 of 7 OFFLINE   Steve Schaffer

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Posted August 20 2001 - 11:27 AM

Tony,
The entire FM band is located between a couple of VHF tv channels as far as frequency. The ota reception characteristics for FM are the same as for VHF tv (channels 2 thru 13.)

So look for a good VHF TV antenna, and you're covered. I get good results from an RCA branded powered VHF/UHF indoor tv antenna that I bought at Walmart for around $30.

For really good reception of weak or distant stations, your best bet would be a good outdoor VHF antenna with a rotator.

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#4 of 7 OFFLINE   EdM

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Posted August 21 2001 - 12:10 PM

Using a outdoor UHF/VHF, is one lead brought indoors and then a splitter used to send the signal to the display device and to the reciever for FM?

I hope my question is understandable.

Thanks, Ed

#5 of 7 OFFLINE   Steve Schaffer

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Posted August 21 2001 - 01:13 PM

Ed,
Yes, you would use a splitter to send the signal to your FM receiver and to your TV, just as you would split an antenna or cable signal for 2 different TVs. FM, like tv, is pretty directional and line-of-sight, so some aiming of your antenna may be necessary.

My dad built his own Hi Fi system back in the mid 50's when FM was relatively rare, and used this method to get a signal for his FM tuner from our regular rooftop TV antenna. The nearest FM transmitters were 50 miles away and on the other side of the California Coastal mountain range, but reception was decent on a few stations.

These days FM transmitters are more plentiful and more powerful, and tuners are much improved.

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#6 of 7 OFFLINE   Marty Neudel

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Posted August 21 2001 - 04:50 PM

>The entire FM band is located between a couple of VHF tv channels as far as frequency. The ota reception characteristics for FM are the same as for VHF tv (channels 2 thru 13.)<

Steve,

a good FM antenna is tuned for the broadcast band between channels 6&7 and will usually give better reception than broader band TV antennas.

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#7 of 7 OFFLINE   Gerard Martin

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Posted August 21 2001 - 11:03 PM

For excellent FM indoor/outdoor
antennas check out the Magnum
Dynalab ST2 at www.audioadvisor.com
and Fanfare FM2G at www.fanfare.com

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