AM radio reception tips and links
This page has my original tips for AM radio reception. After the tips are links to pages about improving AM reception in your home and on a separate page there are links for better AM reception in your car. In both cases you get more than a list of links, I have provided commentary which brings together and organizes the web pages. I also have a page on hints and links for better FM radio reception.
Finally, and best of all, I have collected tips from many other web pages and added my own tips to form what is probably the most complete one web page collection of AM radio reception tips on the Internet.
This web site may have the most hints on AM reception on the Internet. It was #1 for AM radio reception on Google for many years, and was used as a source for a Cleveland Plain Dealer article that was syndicated to other papers.
Original tips for better AM radio reception
This page was written to help Catholics listen to low power Catholic AM stations, but physics is physics, so they will work for anyone. Because I am not a radio hobbyist and I am simply interested in communication the tips are simple, practical, and inexpensive
You can help Catholic radio by spreading information on these and the other tips you will find at various web sites to your fellow parishioners. I demonstrated tips and equipment for the Legion of Mary and my prayer group. If the pastor does not object you might run demonstrations on Sunday morning in front of the church or put some key tips in the Church bulletin.
In this web page I have been discussing AM radio, which is the American term, internationally the term middle wave is used. The tips are also useful for long wave radio.
AM reception links for your home
|Here are some links to web pages that contain suggestions that you will not find elsewhere. First some web pages for your home and then some for your car.
I have written a summary of the tips from this page and many other pages. It maybe the most extensive collection of AM radio reception ideas on the web, though some of the other pages go into more depth on certain topics.
The Pilot of the Airwaves has been a radio hobbyist for many years, and used to work for his college radio station. His page gives the standard advice, which is very important, but also has many other points based on his considerable experience. The pilot's page, like the one you are reading, was on Geocities.com. Now it is on the Internet Archive.
The Australian Broadcast Corporation, ABC, has put up several good pages on AM radio reception. These pages may not cover all the standard material, but they have material the others do not. One of the ABC pages is on troubleshooting at home.
Here is another good place to check, because it has a couple of thoughts that other web pages do not, but it is rather short and does not have much of the material that other sites do have. One of his points was that if you have a two pronged plug in which both prongs are the same you might want to try turning the plug over so the prongs go into the opposite slots. He also suggests moving to another plug to eliminate interference that is coming through the plugs. eHow has lots of good practical ideas on many topics. You have to register to get all their advice.
Three web sites comparing the GE Superadio with the CCRadio
Here is a careful comparison of the two strongly recommended AM radios, the GE Superadio and the CCRadio from Crane. It is written by Bob Grove. The web page is on the Grove Enterprises web site, so Bob Grove probably owns the company or is part of a family that does. This article is part of Monitoring Times. The article is fairly long.
A popular page on talk radio in Philadelphia that has some material comparing the GE Superadio and Crane's CCRadio.
The C Crain Twin Coil Ferrite Antenna
Two Web sites on Interference
This is a sophisticated page on AM interference problems. The writer explains what the different sources of interference sound like. This could help you narrow down the suspects as you search for the source of the noise. An advanced page for the person who wants to know all the tricks, but filled with material you will not find on any of the other pages.
Another intelligent page on interference. It suggests that many of our interference problems are the fault of the radio or television set.
Other AM Reception Links
This web page has a very long list of AM links, many of them intended for AM hobbyists. The page even links to this one, so he must have good taste, right?
Finally let me mention that you might find material on AM reception by searching for the interational term medium wave radio, more rarely called mediumwave and very rarely middle wave. Conversely if you are searching for information on medium wave you should use advice for AM radio which is the same thing. Long wave radio uses the same techniques as AM radio even though it is on a different part of the radio spectrum.
Here once again is the link to EWTN affiliated stations
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