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Old 05-08-2020, 07:54 AM
 
Location: The Commonwealth of Virginia
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So, I've always had a problem with FM reception. I've always used a dipole antenna, and it has never worked well. FM has always sounded like crap.

So, other than hanging an antenna in my attic and trying to run a wire to my living room, is there another alternative to a dipole antenna?

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Old 05-08-2020, 10:08 AM
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Location: Berkeley, Denver, CO USA
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Old 05-08-2020, 10:36 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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Internet radio. Thousands of stations available and you can also stream most local stations. You may even get better sound that way. I know that the frequency response sucks for FM radio.

FM shares the same frequency range as VHF TV. Same rules apply. The higher the better, obstructions such as hills will affect your reception.

I put an antenna in the attic and used the existing wiring in the house. I also installed an amplifier. This was for TV though.
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Old 05-20-2020, 02:48 PM
 
Location: The Commonwealth of Virginia
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Internet radio. Thousands of stations available and you can also stream most local stations. You may even get better sound that way. I know that the frequency response sucks for FM radio.
SO, not really answers to my question. Nobody does FM radio through their receiver at home?

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Old 05-20-2020, 04:40 PM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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SO, not really answers to my question. Nobody does FM radio through their receiver at home?

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FM shares the same frequency range as VHF TV. Same rules apply. The higher the better, obstructions such as hills will affect your reception.
I did kind of did answer your question and yes, I have done FM radio with a receiver. I first did it when I got my first receiver in the 70s and yes, I used a dipole antenna. I used to pull in stations over 100 miles away and occasionally further. I also live in a flat area and other than being inside the house, no major obstructions. That is why I mention that. It may not actually be the antenna. The tuner also may have something to do with it. Some are better than others.

You could also use rabbit ears or any antenna suitable for TV. One of those new amplified antennas would work as well as outdoor and attic antennas. There are many possibilities.

Something like this would work.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RFLXE0A
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Old 05-26-2020, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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SO, not really answers to my question. Nobody does FM radio through their receiver at home?

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Not anymore. Do you have cable TV wires in your walls? You can get a COAX to ANT adapter and connect to that. Makes a pretty impressive antenna.
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Old 05-26-2020, 03:22 PM
 
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Not anymore. Do you have cable TV wires in your walls? You can get a COAX to ANT adapter and connect to that. Makes a pretty impressive antenna.
Good points. I have a roof antenna that I use to what the local free-over the air TV channels, and created such an FM adapter for a receiver near the TV. It works quite well.
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Old 05-26-2020, 03:49 PM
 
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I found a B*I*C "Beam Box" at a flea market some years ago. It works quite well, better than I'd expected.
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