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FM radio antenna

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Equipment' started by jodyguercio, May 12, 2009.

  1. jodyguercio

    jodyguercio Active Member

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    Anyone have a recommendation for a good indoor or even a small outdoor FM antenna. I'm thinking of canceling XM to save some money and I need something for the house.
     
  2. BattleZone

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    http://www.kyes.com/antenna/antennatypes/antennatypes.html




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    IMO, this is the best bet unless all of your stations are in one direction, BUT as the first link will tell you, having dual dipoles in an X-shape isn't a good design anywhere you have multipath (i.e., anywhere you're going to have signals bouncing off hills/buildings and being reflected back to you).

    What I actually did was buy this Winegard PR-6010 (now called HD-6010) "omni-directional" antenna and removed one set of dipole arms (and the connecting wires) leaving me with a single standard dipole that was simple to install and designed to be out in the weather. Works great, and the antenna is <$35. I used a 1", 10' long thinwall EMT conduit and clamped it to my chimney to mount it.

    This setup will work far better than any $100+ FM antenna that you'll buy from Best Buy or somewhere.
     
  3. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    My experience in your area is that you don't need much more than a short piece of wire connected to the antenna input.

    It would be helpful if you could characterize the stations you're looking to capture in terms of distance and direction.
     
  4. jodyguercio

    jodyguercio Active Member

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    Thanks for the input guys, this is in the early stages but good info none the less.
     
  5. kfcrosby

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    I use an Inverted VEE cut at 2ft. 4 - 5/8in. per leg (98.1 Mhz). Easily put up in the room or in the attic.
     
  6. BattleZone

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    If you're willing to mount it inside, a cheapie twin-wire dipole works better than most antennas:

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    http://www.amazon.com/Parts-Express-FM-DIPOLE-ANTENNA/dp/B000M9EREE/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1242159604&sr=1-14

    We're talking $3 at Radio Shack, and will do a better job than nearly any other indoor design. It will outperform a $79 Terk handily.

    But my experience is that I get much better signal with an outdoor antenna, which I can get much higher and with nothing in my LOS. Plus, I feed it into the house via coax, so I don't have anything visible on the inside wall.
     
  7. BattleZone

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    Sorry, but a dipole design is going to give much better performance than a whip. Whips are a compromised design, to allow installations where dipoles aren't practical. For a fixed home antenna, dipoles are easily practical.
     

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