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Antenna Have trouble getting local FM station..can I extend the antenna reach?

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  • gsa8316 Sep 22, 2008

    I am having a great deal of problem getting reception. If I hold the radio and turn it a certain direction, I can get reception. As soon as I set it down, I loose reception. If I choose just any station that will come in, it fades as I walk away. Adjusting the location of the power cord does not do any good

  • pam124 May 19, 2009

    My mom has the same problem - can't get any AM stations and only a few FM stations from her room (it's by a window too!). Is there an external antenna we can use?

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You will need to buy a signal amplifier antenna. One that doe not have to be connected to the radio. It will provide the amplified signal and the radio antenna (the a/c line cord and the back of the clock/radio) will be able to pick up the signal from the amplified antenna.[http://www.radiolabs.com/products/antennas/am-antenna.php] this web link will show you one type of these antenna's. Copy the web link and paste it into the address bar in your browser. It will take you to the website. There maybe other types of these antenna's but this one had the best price. Call the store and talk to them before you buy the antenna to make sure it will work in your situation. I hope this information helps you with your antenna problems.

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You need a 5.8ghz antenna. 5.8 ghz is about twice the frequency of 2.4 ghz, and conversely half the wave length.

Thus for a similar physical size antenna, you can have to twice the number of elements in a 5.8 ghz antenna, giving you a 3 dB improvement.

But 16 dBi is 5 dB more than 11 dBi, so what gives? Well, it's the particular electrical design that can have a difference.

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