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We purchased an HD Radio and find that it cuts in and out...can one connect the radio to an outdoor Antenna to resolve the situation

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Absolutely, as long as the radio has connections for an auxiliary antenna. You can also connect to an indoor antenna that's a lot better than the wire antenna that your set comes with. For options, try searching eBay for FM antenna.

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