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Poor FM reception with our BOSE wave system. any ideas for solutions

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Do you have an antenna hooked up? to the back of the unit!

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How do I improve my reception on a Bos Wave Radio with single CD player


The Bose uses its power cord as an antenna. The cord has to be stretched out (not coiled) to pick up stations. It also helps if it's oriented the right way -- try changing the direction (having the cord running east to west, say, instead of north to south). Moving the radio and the power cord closer to a window can help, too, especially in a commercial building. These structures often have a steel frame which can block radio signals. If all the above fail, your best bet is to buy an indoor FM antenna, which can be as simple as a piece of wire made into a dipole antenna or as fancy as one of the Terk mini-towers with built-in amp. Bose sells one for their radio, though it's kind of expensive for a simple length of wire. You can get the same thing from Radio Shack, but if you do, be sure to pick up their adapter (catalog 278-257) to plug it into the non-standard Bose jack. All together you'll spend half what Bose wants. Move it around like you did the power cord and you should see a big improvement.

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Am fm reception bad


FM reception is weak



What to do


• Extend the power cord as much as possible. The FM antenna is in the power cord.


• Move the power cord to adjust the FM antenna

• If you still have problems with FM reception, you may need an external antenna.


* Call Bose®Customer Service to request one.


The external antenna on your radio is a coax (round) design It needs an adaptor and an antenna which are cheap.


Easy to make, radio shack "F" connector 90 degrees or straight, to 300 ohm wire connections. Attatch a 300 ohm flat ribbon antenna cable to those two screws and plug into radio and see how your reception is. You will need to position the antenna wires to get best reception. I have hid them in back of paintings and so on.


Cheapest solution next to putting an extension cord on radio power cord.

Jan 03, 2011 | Bose Wave Radio

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I am having very poor FM reception with my Bose Radio wave system. Is there an external antenna that can be attached?


The power cord is the antenna and it should be stretched out straight for best possible reception. You could experiment with re-orienting the Bose, too.

There is a threaded 75-ohm coaxial FM External connector. You could probably get a compatible FM antenna at an electronics store.

See the manual, Page 10

Dec 25, 2010 | Bose Wave Radio

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I have a bose wave radio and cd player the cd


you sure have a problem with your cd pick up unit or servo drive,for that must bring it to your local repair shop
as for the poor recepcion olease try a better antena

Dec 18, 2009 | Bose Wave Radio

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I have a lot of static when i'm listening to AM radio on my bose radio


FM reception is good; however there is a lot of static on AM 1000. No problems on other AM stations. Any suggestions or than stop listening to "1000"?

Nov 24, 2009 | Bose Wave Radio

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How good is fm tuner reception? We live approx 50 miles from transmitters and have trouble getting clear signals. Is Bose just good sound quality, or does tuner provide superior reception?


I live in Vail Az about 110-120 miles from Phoenix Az I can pick up 60% of the stations decent. The power cord acts as a fm antenna. Plus this Bose Wave CD/MP3/FM

Aug 16, 2009 | Bose Wave Radio

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How can I get the Bose Wave radio to work in Europe??


Yes. The tuner spacing option should do this. If it's a Wave Music System or a Wave Radio II, go into the 'setup menu' and look for 'tuner spacing'. -If it's older, you may want to call Bose for a solution.

Jun 11, 2009 | Bose Wave Radio

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Bose wave ratio sucks. I paid $500 for the radio


GO TO RADIO SHACK AND GET A FM SIGNAL AMP THIS SHOULD HELP YOUR PROBLEM THEY ARE UNDER 20 BUCKS

Apr 04, 2009 | Bose Wave Radio

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Poor FM reception


Having paid over $1,800 for 3 Bose Wave systems in the past year, I was surprised and quite dismayed to find that Bose is trying to squeeze a few more bucks out of me in order to provide some very simple information. My Solution: I will never purchase another of your radios. Most humbly, Dr. Jerome Eldridge
P.S. You might wish to upgrade your PR Department

Sep 08, 2008 | Bose Wave Music System CD Shelf System

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Am antennas


Hi, to all. There are currently two types of Bose Wave Radio system available in the market. The first one being the WRCD with the top loading CD mechanism. This unit does come with the Antennae cable inside the box and this should sort out your problem. Another option is using an outdoor aerial antennae and connect this to the antennae port behind the unit. The second one is the new Wave Music System with the front loading tray mechanism. This system uses a unique concept of using the electrical cable included in the box and utilise your electrical pwoer line as the antennae receptor. I recommedn to keeping the pwoer calbe fully extended. Another solution for this is that Bose service centers do have a specific spare parts calbe called the AM/FM antennae cable for WMS which you can simply buy for around 20$ I assume. this basically bypases the power calbe and routes antennae reception through this minicable (brownish colored RJ calbe).

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Oct 14, 2007 | Bose Wave Radio

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