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New radio antenna

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Bogside, Nov 7, 2003.

  1. Bogside

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    (Firstly 2 apologies: one if this is in the wrong section, and two - I have done a search but it never really answered my question)

    Waht I want to know is whether there is a cheap and effective way to get improved radio service from my amp (it's a sony 1080 if that matters).

    All I have at present is the fiddly wire and square plastic set that comes as standard.

    Ideally I want an internal ariel which will give me some decent FM and AM service because at the moment it's diabolical. In fact at present my only real option when listening to radio is to feed it through the satelite stations on my cable box!

    I'm looking to pay up to £20/£30.
     
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    Don't know if this helps any but...

    For FM I got myself a TV/FM Diplexer from Maplins for a fiver, and now get radio stations through my rooftop TV aerial.

    Plug it into your TV wall socket and run a bit of coax to your amp and you're away.

    I don't think it's specifically designed to work like this, but it does the business for me - I can pick up loads of stations in excellent quality.
     
  3. Bogside

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    Does this mean I have to split the signal somehow so that I also can pass the ariel signal along to my TV?
     
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    Yep!
    The splitter plugs into the wall socket and then has an output to go to the FM and another to UHF (TV). You just need to get another coax fly lead.
    This will NOT however help with AM reception.

    Mark.
     
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    Thanks for your help so far. Any ideas Mark on the AM part?
     
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    Well there ain't many AM aerials around :confused: but I did find one at www.maplin.co.uk


    A stylish dedicated radio aerial with both AM and FM outputs and a mains-powered FM signal-boosting amplifier built in. Supplied with 1m aerial cable terminating in a standard aerial coax line socket (IEC 169-2).
    · Receives AM and FM
    · Ideal for hi-fi stereo tuners
    · Built-in FM signal booster
    Specification:
    AM range: 520 - 1600kHz
    FM range: 88 - 108MHz
    Gain: 25dB (FM)
    Gain control: 0 - 25dB (FM)
    Noise figure: 3.5dB

    Product code: L59AF
    Price: £9.99inc VAT


    Never used it so don't know how good it will be compare to the supplied aerial. But for £10 its worth a go IMHO.

    Mark.
     
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    I can't find it on their website. Might pop down to the store (I think there's one local to work)
     
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    It is under:
    Sound & Vision - Aerials & Amplifiers - Indoor Fm Aerials

    or just type the product code into the search on the Maplin web site.

    Mark.
     
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    Cheers. Just been to the shop and they weren't much help at all. I saw the £5 diplexer and some other stuff but as you already pointed out these really only boost the FM signal.

    I think I'll try this other one out as it's only £12.49 with p&p
     
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    A diplexer should be used at both ends,one at the tv/radio end and one at the aerial end to connect to two aerials,one for tv and one for fm.The person using just one is using the tv downlead as an fm aerial,this can work but you need to be in a good location.I made my own fm aerial which is in the loft and works very well with my 1080,forget am it will always be crap with an indoor aerial and a cheap tuner.
     

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