static on fm radio


Old 03-26-12, 06:27 PM
63zerb's Avatar
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Eastern PA.
Posts: 39
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
static on fm radio

I work in a wood shop. We are permitted to listen to radios. The building is metal or pole barn construction. my radio hardly ever comes in so I can clearly hear it. I have tried running copper wire from antenna to steele beams. the signal is still poor if not at all. what device or tip can i use to get a better signal?
Sponsored Links
Old 03-27-12, 04:32 AM
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Near Buffalo, NY
Posts: 4,239
Received 1 Vote on 1 Post
The copper wire could work for AM, but not for FM. Does the radio pick up signals when it's outside the building? If so, can you put an external FM antenna on the radio and mount it outside?

If the building has wifi or if you have an unlimited data plan on a smart phone you could use Pandora or another internet radio service.
Old 03-27-12, 05:41 AM
Group Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: NC, USA
Posts: 23,491
Received 599 Votes on 553 Posts
Antennas are more than just a dumb piece of metal. Best would be for you to have a proper antennae outside the building.

Does your radio have an antennae input and do you know if it's 300ohm or 75ohm?

If you want to make your own best would be a piece of metal in an increment of the wavelength/frequency you are trying to receive. A simple formula is to divide 93.75 by the frequency of your favorite station. That will give you the length of your antennae in centimeters. With FM you'll end up with something about 3 feet long. If you want better reception you can double or triple it's length.
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title: