Fm antenna

My first time to have a real radio with a F-connector. all other stereos they all had Spaghetti antennas and that sucks. So back to the story. I have a Sangean WR-11se radio and the stations are weak. I move the antenna around the bedroom and there was times when i can get a station in but weak or static badly. So i took the radio out to the shop. It's not a metal building just wood. The roof is a metal tin room like u see on house and buildings. Reconnecting the antenna that i got now, i located the station on the radio and moved the antenna around and could get a clear strong signal. Even on the portable CD player with a radio and it has a telescopic antenna and the same station comes in clear. So i can get the station in the shop and outdoor, but not in the room. Only electronics i have is my usual TV, Desktop, Laptop and a lap and fan. SO i looking for a good strong antenna that will bring in the signal. I can get signal but not much.

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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 29,760
    pitdogg2 wrote: »

    Indeed -- if you're serious about reception and if circumstances permit, an outdoor directional is the way to go.
    That said, not everyone's in a position to install an outdoor antenna, and/or can afford or rationalize the expense of a directional FM antenna & rotator.
    so...

    Here's the thing.
    Direction and altitude are your friends.
    FM reception is "line of sight". The higher the antenna, the better.
    A building or hill can block signal from a transmitter to your location.
    Here's a site that can help you discover where the transmitter(s) is (or are) that you want to listen to.
    https://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/page?p=maps

    There are omnidirectional antennas meant for outdoor installation. These can still be much better than the little wire that comes with a Sangean radio. You can mount the antenna in an attic,too, if you don't want it outside.

    I will note that lightning protection for an outside antenna is very important for safety and probably required by code in your location -- don't miss that point if you go with an outdoor antenna.

    There are "better" indoor antennas than the little wire you have. A plain old "T" style antenna (center-fed dipole) can do a good job if properly oriented -- they're kind of unsightly, though. A company called C. Crane sells one that is reputedly better than the 99 cent ones we all know... although I am not sure why ;) You can also make your own.

    Gotta go now -- hope this post & @pitdogg2's are helpful!