FM signal booster for receiver

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  1. Gavin_mi

    Gavin_mi Stunt Coordinator

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    not sure if im putting this in the right place, but it is for my receiver so here goes. In my house on my cheapie pioneer (514) I get 2 maybe 3 (depends on the day) radio stations (FM) and in my truck sitting right out side I get 9. is there something I can set on a small shelf that I can plug into the back of my receiver to boost the radio signals? If need be I can plug it into an outlet. I have heard of things like this, does anyone use one? can anyone suggest a brand to look at?

    is this the kind of thing im looking for?

    http://www.beachaudio.com/product_in...01-00&ref=true

    thanks for any info,
    Gavin
     
  2. Dean_S

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    What are you using for an antenna on the recvr??? Is the house constructed using metal mesh on the walls (like stucco would have)???
     
  3. Gavin_mi

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    its a frame house with vinyl siding. Im using the antenna that came with the receiver, it never crosses any other wires, and I have move it all over the place to try and get the best signal.
     
  4. Gavin_mi

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    should I move this to a different section to get more replies? surely someone is using one of these.
     
  5. ChristopherDAC

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    Do you have a TV antenna in your house? If so use a splitter and a balun if necessary to send the signal to your audio reciever as well as your TV -- since the FM band is buried in the VHF TV band, that high-gain antenna will give you great reception.
     
  6. Gavin_mi

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    I dont have one of these, could I just pick one up at walmart? I have digital cable for watching TV.
     
  7. joseph_harmon

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    What kind of antenna do you have?
     
  8. Gavin_mi

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    it is just the clear sheilded wire (looks to be copper), that is about 3-4 foot long that plugs into the back where is says to....
     
  9. BrianWoerndle

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    Does your receiver have spring clips or a coax connection for the attenna? Radio Shack has some small FM attennas that would probably work better than a bare wire, but they use a coax connection.
     
  10. Ted Lee

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    i bet that's your problem right there ... you're using a crappy antenna.

    just go buy an external fm antenna. it doesn't even have to be a fancy powered one. since it sounds like you get good reception from outside the house, i think a basic antenna inside will work.

    try this url: http://www.terk.com/pdfs/AMFM-LB.pdf
     
  11. Gavin_mi

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    thanks alot guys, ill hit radio shack or walmart tonight and get a coax antenna tonight.

    Gavin
     
  12. David Blair

    David Blair Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm in the same situation but my house is stucco. Would I need anything else besides an external FM antenna?
     
  13. Ted Lee

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    doubtful stucco would make a difference david. if you get good reception outside, you'll get good reception inside regardless of your house. if your *area* gets bad reception ... then you'll be in a tougher spot.
     
  14. David Blair

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    Thanks for the quick reply!
     
  15. Ted Lee

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    np david ... good luck.
     

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