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AM radio reception in a steel building

Does anyone have any tips for getting better AM reception with a DeWalt radio in a steel building?

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Does anyone have any tips for getting better AM reception with a DeWalt radio in a steel building?

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Longer antenna?

We run a wire up the interior of the shop wall and it has brought in good signal for about 50 years.

10’-15’ is plenty.


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If necessary, run the antenna to the outside of the building.
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Hold the antenna in one hand and hold your other hand in the air. Might need to hold one leg up as well.

Seriously, though - try touching the antenna to various metal objects to see if the reception improves. Might get lucky and find the building itself is a decent antenna.


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I had to put my antana on different metal objects in my 50x50 metal shop to get a good signal.

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Listen to FM. LOL
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Actually with the technology now streaming off the Internet can get you pretty much any source of audio through many different devices that are now all too common. With respect to the original post I have to agree that an external antenna would be ideal.


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Actually with the technology now streaming off the Internet can get you pretty much any source of audio through many different devices that are now all too common. With respect to the original post I have to agree that an external antenna would be ideal.
Yeah the internet Option does work well...maybe too well for me. Finding an AM radio signal without a little static or having to finagle the antenna a bit feels empty to me.


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So far I have tried everything suggested except adding a piece of wire. There is no internet access available, and no place to hook up an external antenna. Would you just wrap the wire around the existing antenna. The radio is one of the DeWalt jobsite radios.

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So far I have tried everything suggested except adding a piece of wire. There is no internet access available, and no place to hook up an external antenna. Would you just wrap the wire around the existing antenna. The radio is one of the DeWalt jobsite radios.
Exactly. My current radio is a 10-year old Milwaukee Jobsite radio.

You can just run a length of wire across the shop wall or just clamp to the gaspipe to your heater and then wrap the near end around your radio antenna.

I think you can even just make a loop of wire with a 6”-8” diameter and flop it over the radio.

AM signal is pretty easy to grab in a crude fashion.


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