How To Improve AM Radio Reception

Learning how to improve AM radio reception will make listening to your favorite music and sports games more enjoyable. With a little understanding of what interferes with AM frequencies, you will be able to make the changes needed to get great reception.

  1. Dealing with AM frequencies and noise. One of the most frustrating facts of listening to an AM radio occurs when you turn up the volume, and you notice the ‘noise’ gets turned up as well. AM frequencies are very sensitive and will pick up the noise from computers, televisions, and fluorescent light bulbs. Try to move your radio away from these items, and reduce the treble if you have tone control. 
  2. Move and rotate the radio. Moving your AM radio to a new location may provide better reception. Buildings made of brick or stucco will interfere with the signal. The distance between you and the radio station also plays a role in getting good or bad reception. Move your AM radio near a window, and rotate the radio in all directions until you find the strongest signal.
  3. Position the radio antenna toward the station. After rotating the radio, you need to rotate the antenna a full 360 degrees to find the shortest distance to the radio station. If you are still have problems getting good reception, you should consider adding an external antenna.
  4. Add an external AM radio antenna with a tuner. There are radio antennas that work well in receiving AM frequencies. The best antennas have a tuner dial that allows you to find the signal quickly and helps in reducing the annoyance of overlapping stations. This is a simple fix that usually costs less than $40.
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