11/8/2013
If it hadn't been for Alessandro Volta, you might have frogs in your radios and flashlights instead of batteries. Back in 1771, Luigi Galvani, one of Volta's friends and fellow-Italians, noticed a strange reaction when a frog's leg came into contact with a spark from a machine – it twitched. Believing that the twitch originated in the frogs leg itself, Galvani devised an "animal electricity" experiment by setting a frogs... 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.
11/5/2013
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.
11/4/2013
Radios come in all shapes and sizes and with so many different features and configurations available it can be tough finding the one built to satisfy your needs. Whether you want a pocket radio for your daily jog, a portable radio for your next camping trip or one that will be the focal piece of your home entertainment center, we’re going to lay out the details on what to look for in your perfect match. Size Matters If you... 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.
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.
10/30/2013
Turn on the radio and you won't hear much about IBOC. Why is that? I've asked around over the last few weeks, and talked with lots of different experts interested in the impact of digital radio in the US, and most people agree that IBOC is not reported on by the general media because it's just too technical. Well, when I look over the pages and pages of notes I have in front of me, it seems that it is a pretty technical issu... 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.
7/31/2014
There are few truly magical things in this world that are practically free. This DIY AM antenna is best used outdoors but you can make it work inside by somehow re-routing the wires. It amplifies all weak AM signals, so a powerful local station might be heard over your entire AM radio dial. Here is what you need: 100' or more of any type of insulated wire you can easily work with Twist or Zip ties or tape to hold t... Read more.

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