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Old 05-28-2010, 01:41 PM   #1
 
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Just wondering if anyone has any tips for how to "install" an indoor FM antenna. I'm having problems getting a decent signal and don't know if there are some rules of thumb to follow. It probably has more to do with the fact that I live on the terrace level of my apartment building facing the woods, but I was hoping someone might have a trick or two I could use

I'm working with one of those simple single cable antennas that plugs into the back of my Onkyo receiver. Thanks for any help.
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:39 PM   #2
 
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what type of antenna? the stock dipole?
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Yea, I did some quick research and I think that's what I have. It's just the single flexible wire that came with the receiver. Maybe like 22 AWG or something?
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The dipole will be int he shape of a "T" and will be somewhat directional, you just have a single wire. it's going to be omni.

Trees really are of no worry, however, Foil lined exterior insulation like Celotex, etc can cause issues as can mounting the antenna right on top of a metal stud.

Take a boombox or something and see if your reception degrades significantly inside /vs/ outside on the same station, try to grab one farther away outside and go to approximately the same area inside. Note changes.

Often times an outdoor antenna is all you can do and that sucks. Some go for amplified antennas but forget that they amplify EVERYTHING and the noise that is amplified de-sensitizes the front-end of the tuner. Unfortunately modern gear is simply not built with good tuners. in fact car tuners rock WAY harder (I use an alpine in my shop) The other option is to fins a vintage, recently aligned tuner for cheap, they have a more narrow capture and can help.

If you turn the muting off on the receiver are you getting strange noises between the stations? more than just static? you may have noise issues too.
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Yeah , twin line 300 ohm folded dipole. You might need a 300 to 75 ohm balun.

Sometimes you can fit it to the inside of a window and run the feeder back to your receiver.

Even a sliding glass door could work here.

If it is that super important to get good FM. Look around the AC wall unit if you have one, for a gap, to sneak out a feed line to an antenna. <one might take a car mount type modded to the case, ie lip mount type><magnet mount could work here also>

Look at Larson NMO mobile magnet mount.
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys! It's not super important to have good reception, but I've started listening to more classical music lately and thus don't have a large personal collection at all. There are a couple local stations, and I'm just trying to get them to come in clearly.

These radio stations are amazing to listen to though. They actually play about around 15 minutes of uninterrupted music, a couple short ads, then back to the music. It's refreshing to listen to a radio station that actually plays music.
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys! It's not super important to have good reception, but I've started listening to more classical music lately and thus don't have a large personal collection at all. There are a couple local stations, and I'm just trying to get them to come in clearly.

These radio stations are amazing to listen to though. They actually play about around 15 minutes of uninterrupted music, a couple short ads, then back to the music. It's refreshing to listen to a radio station that actually plays music.
LOL because it's likely public radio.
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I've always felt that putting antenna's as close to a window as possible always helped in picking up reception.At least it's always worked for me.
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