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Radio reception is there a way to easily boost radio reception in my home for an ordinary mini stereo? My current radio has the hangy down wire for an antenna. The car receives understandable sounds but the house only does if you stand there and hold the wire! - and don't move!! I was told to get an fm booster but can't figure out how to connect it if I got one.

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  • slvbrennan Jan 21, 2009

    Getting the FM antenna's no problem.  It's connecting it to the tuner!!  Could anyone suggest where to get a connector??

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Use a dedicated FM T-strip antenna avialable from Radio Shack or even Wal-Mart

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I have an RCA model 1285 mini stereo. It has bad FM reception. It only has a wire coming out the back for FM reception. How can I add an antenna ?? Most antennas require two contacts!


Actually most use the AC Ground as the other "phantom half" of your antenna... Of course YOU will not get access to that circuit because errors there could cost your life.

You COULD try stripping back some of the insulation and extending that single wire to a longer wire?

Wire placement will be a factor too so try moving that longer (and stock wire) around for BEST reception.

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