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AM reception/AM power problems

I bought this radio a couple weeks ago to listen to talk-radio while at work. The AM reception in the building I work in is fine on other radios I've tried. I bought the Superadio in hopes that I could get even better AM reception. Unfortunately, I am getting worse reception on most stations I listen to and no reception at all on others. While on "wide-band" setting I get no stations lower on the dial than about 1200 (though occassionally, if I turn the radio around and spend a lot of time tuning it, I sometimes can pick up a station or two for a few minutes, then they go away almost as if the radio is losing power). Using "normal band," I can only get a few stations on the entire dial (but too much static to be enjoyed). FM seems to work alright -- but I haven't messed with it a lot. I've tried an external antenna (albeit, a cheap indoor one), and it makes no difference at all. Is there anything I can do to fix this? Can I open it up, make a few wire adjustments and get better am reception, or should I just return it?

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  • millikin Oct 24, 2007

    Hey "Guest,"

    I think you're missing the point of this website. 

    Thanks for the important life lessons about work, recreation and residential reception though.

    To your concerns:  I have a job where I can listen to the radio without it interfering with my work. The office isn't in a concrete-industrial shell.  If you had actually read my original post -- you'd see I made it clear that bad reception in this building isn't the issue.


    For people actually interested in fixing the problem with the RCA Superadio:  I opened the radio, reversed the speaker leads, closed it back up and now it works great.  For info on how to do this, check here>> 



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A portable Loopstick tuning antenna is probably the BEST option. Also, the quality of the portable radio you are using is vital since the internal ferrite loop antenna is the single most important factor when attempting to use electromagnetic coupling for better radio reception on the AM (Medium Wave) band. That being said, the obstacle of a metal building's 'signal-shielding' may make it impossible to receive inside some areas of the structure. {Mark • KC9TSR}

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Don't take your radio to work. Get your work done , then go home and listen to it. You will get better reception in a res. area.

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