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I have a Jensen mobile radio (JCD3006) that gets absolutely no AM reception. FM is fine. The antenna is securely plugged in. Even if the antenna is bad, shouldn't I get at least some reception or static when tuned to a strong broadcast?

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I have the exact same problem with the exact same stereo. I started by removing the in-line AM/FM/VHF Separator and connecting the antenna directly to the stereo. The static/popping/fade-out continued. Today I swapped to a new antenna, but it did not help. I swapped back to the original antenna and for a brief while, I had good reception. The I went to coil the excess antenna cable and the static/popping/fade-out resumed. I have narrowed it down to either the antenna connector coming out of the back of the stereo or an internal circuit. Either way, it does not look like a do-it-yourself fix.

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