Caveman FM connection Q.

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  1. Kevin G.

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    Ok I'm kinda in the dark ages here with this...but...
    I have been sorely lacking in my musical department lately, and my wife refuses to get XM or SIRIUS. So I finally hooked up my home antenna to my receiver... Which, in the past,has worked great. I get stations from 80 to a hundred miles away, (we're in a rural area.), crystal clear.
    I haven't done this in a few years, (since the last time we moved all the HT stuff).
    This time, however, I couldn't pull ANY stations, IN FACT, even the local stations wouldn't come in!!! I even had one station overpowering all others. When you dial up and down...point by point, the station is in the same intensity...kinda fuzzy...barely making anything out, but same strength and volume.
    any help would be appreciated.
     
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    Mr. Caveman [​IMG], what type of antenna? Roof mounted? Attic Mounted? UHF/VHF? Did you use a splitter to tap off the FM band (usually they have a connection for UHF and VHF antenna terminals of the TV and screws for 300 ohm wire to go to the FM rec'r)? Are you real close to the one station? Does your antenna system have any traps connected to it to reduce FM (usually not far from the antenna)? Usually FM is line of sight and that in many cases means 50-60 miles of reception with flat terrain and nothing in the way give or take a little. When you get a bit further it can have a problem. Here's few sites that might help a bit:

    http://www.gnnradio.org/improvfm.htm

    http://www.bext.com/winegard.htm

    http://www.vpr.net/about_vpr/reception.shtml
     
  3. Kevin G.

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    Hey thanks for the response...
    I have a roof mounted tv antenna. I am converting the ribbon to coax and coax to a splitter that clips into the back of the stereo. (this process worked wonders before...)
     
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    I am sure that if you have a problem and need to contact one of the antenna manuf. they would also be responsive (e.g. Winegard, Channel Master, etc.). Sometimes the local Radio Shack can help too if it is staffed with good people who don't mind the fact you live in a cave[​IMG]
     

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