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Re: Improving DAB Radio Reception
« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2011, 10:50 »
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Re: Improving DAB Radio Reception
« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2011, 11:22 »
Indeed!
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Re: Improving DAB Radio Reception
« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2011, 14:33 »
We still haven't opened up Gill's radio and modified the aerial using a soldering iron.  It needs to be extended by one means or another and nobody has yet commented on my previous suggestions which are both quite sound.
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« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2011, 15:51 »
Sounds like a great plan.
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Re: Improving DAB Radio Reception
« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2011, 17:00 »
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Re: Improving DAB Radio Reception
« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2011, 17:11 »
We still haven't opened up Gill's radio and modified the aerial using a soldering iron.

Gulp!  That sounds drastic.  I don't have a soldering iron and wouldn't know how to use one :nerves: .
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Re: Improving DAB Radio Reception
« Reply #21 on: August 04, 2011, 17:12 »
Think of it as a hot chisel, Gill. ;)
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Re: Improving DAB Radio Reception
« Reply #22 on: August 04, 2011, 17:40 »
It's easier than you think Gill but even standing the radio in an aluminium tray should improve the reception.  Wrapping your "pigs tail" aerial onto a length of wire will further improve the signal.  I used to string an aerial all the way down to the bottom of the garden (using the line post) when I was a kid and that enabled me to pick up radio stations in Buffalo New York and beyond.   8-)  Nerds such as myself would then write to the station and tell them what they were playing at a particular time and they would post a Q card to confirm the station was picked up.  Q cards were highly prized possessions.   :laugh:
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Re: Improving DAB Radio Reception
« Reply #23 on: August 04, 2011, 17:48 »
Of course, you are missing the point about frequency usage, Clive. The aerial length needs to relate to the broadcast frequency.
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Re: Improving DAB Radio Reception
« Reply #24 on: August 04, 2011, 18:12 »
Yes, I know.  We haven't come to an agreement yet though!  Plenty of time to get technical.   :laugh:
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Re: Improving DAB Radio Reception
« Reply #25 on: August 04, 2011, 18:28 »
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Re: Improving DAB Radio Reception
« Reply #26 on: August 04, 2011, 19:15 »
This could get interesting!  :)
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Re: Improving DAB Radio Reception
« Reply #27 on: August 04, 2011, 20:42 »
Especially for Gill.   ;D
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Re: Improving DAB Radio Reception
« Reply #28 on: August 04, 2011, 22:15 »
Don't make me go all radio astrophysicist on ya'll (I had a meeting today on how to build 200,000 perfect dipole antennas - they having a laugh and I'll have to fix with software). I agree with clives tray idea. Will work as a nice ground plate too.
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Re: Improving DAB Radio Reception
« Reply #29 on: August 04, 2011, 22:20 »
So let me get this clear in my head... Gill has to build 200,000 perfect dipole antennas in order to get her radio to work?   ;D
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