10/31/2013
The first thing to consider if you're getting poor AM reception is the building around you. Brick, cement and metal-framed structures can impede AM reception indoors. This includes signals you might easily be able to pick up in your car. If you're listening in a building that blocks reception or causes a lot of interference, don't despair. There are some things you can do - particularly if you have access to the area outs... Read more.
10/31/2013
People around the world, from Shenzhen, China to Los Angeles, California, have used beers cans to improve their radio reception. Even so, most people I talked to about them hadn't ever heard of them. Once I described them as a few dozen beer cans stacked one on top of the other, with a cable or a radio antenna through the center they usually remember seeing them, somewhere, sometime. Myself, I've never made or used a beer ca... Read more.
11/5/2013
You've been there. Listening to the radio in your car, taking in interesting news, excited to hear what the radio host might say to the next caller, or feeling the tension of a close baseball game. And then you get home, or arrive at work. You know it will take just a couple minutes to get inside and turn on the radio, so you wait for the station break or the end of an inning to make your move. Finally, you're inside and out... Read more.
11/7/2013
In the "Car Radio Reception Article 1 of 2", we discussed the two most common problems with radio reception. The first problem we noted had to do with radio reception interference. We discussed the different causes for this frustrating problem, and we promised to provide possible solutions in this article. The second problem we discussed was simply a weak AM signal. If you're not happy with the performance of your radio, rea... Read more.
11/8/2013
A lot of radio aficionados and scientists have heard of Nikola Tesla, but he's still far from a household name. In my own informal survey about Tesla, I found that a lot of people are more familiar with the band Tesla, than with the man himself (the band does have a brief bio of Nikola Tesla on their Web site, teslatheband.com). Of course, this article is about the man, not the band, and I think after learning more about Nik... Read more.
11/8/2013
I wrote a brief article on my attempt to build a beer can antenna. In response to that article, I received several suggestions about other homebrew antennas I might want to try. Among them, the famous (or infamous, as the case may be) slinky antenna. Since I have a son, it was a bit tough finding the time to throw together this antenna without having to explain why I was stretching his toys (I used three) to the limit,... Read more.
11/11/2013
Today, it's with great pleasure that we share with you a conversation I had with Art Bell, the inimitable host of "Coast-to-Coast AM." Just a few minutes on the phone with Art, and you know that you're in the unmistakable presence of a man who lives a full, contemplative life. We arranged the interview to talk with Art about a Giant Loop Antenna he installed on his property. The conversation, not surprisingly, spanned the ... Read more.
11/11/2013
Tuning in an FM station isn’t the same as tuning in an AM station. That’s why, when you have a reception issue, the first thing you’re usually asked is "which band or station are you trying to receive?" FM transmissions are line-of-sight. That means that obstacles between you and the transmission you’re trying to receive can block the signal and leave you with poor reception on your radio. A hill, a coliseum, big buildings &... Read more.
11/12/2013
The number of cables you need to keep things connected in your home can be overwhelming. It's not just a matter of plugging things in and turning them on anymore. These days you'll find yourself looking for an RCA jack, or a 1/8" jack, or a USB cable, or even a newfangled thing called a Firewire. Keeping all these wires and cables straight can boggle the mind and leave you feeling frustrated. Here's a primer to the different... Read more.
11/14/2013
One of the toughest places to get radio reception is inside an office or apartment building. Construction materials like brick and metal, and noise from computers and other electronics can all combine to make radio reception nearly impossible to receive. Besides the construction of the building, you sometimes have to account for your location in the building as well. Often people are allowed to listen to music or radio wh... Read more.
12/19/2013
First you must "get connected" to the Internet. The five primary connection types are Dial-up, DSL, Cable, Satellite and Wireless. The following chart lists the advantages and disadvantages of each to help you decide which option best suits your needs. ... Read more.

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