aerial.... AM AND FM

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 04, 2002 at 00:00
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I travel far and wide. Poor reception. Can anyone recommend a high-gain aerial. Not CB! just radio... or are all aerials the same. Autobarn couldn't help much. A $20 one with a bit of copper wound around a part of its length, claims to be high gain..... Cheers Royce
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Reply By: Robert - Wednesday, Jun 05, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2002 at 00:00
Hi Royce,

Have a look at the Mobile One web site (http://www.mobileone.com.au/mainantenna.htm)
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Reply By: max200tdi - Wednesday, Jun 05, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2002 at 00:00
Check out GME stuff as well.

I've got an AM/FM aerial from GME on the bull bar thats a CB lookalike - reception has improved markedly. And it doesn't break in the scrub.

To state the obvious different radios make a difference. When I had a look last year Pioneer were best for FM, but among the worst for AM. Sony had the best AM, thats what I went with.

Regards
Max P
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Reply By: Darian - Wednesday, Jun 05, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2002 at 00:00
Royce......I have done some homework on this recently.....there is a huge difference in the wavelength for the AM and FM stations
around OZ, so any aerial you use is a huge compromise! I have had news radio problems with my new car (Jackaroo Diesel - Eurovox unit within) - have fixed it by rigging an aux aerial system, for the outback. Made a bracket for the spare wheel, and connected a 9 gain electrophone (the 3 piece modular unit), via some good quality coax (like used for CB) right to the back of the radio - vast improvement on reception quality. Some manufacturers need dragging through the bush - a car marketed as the solution for all outback trips, but when you get there, you can't receive anything. Cheerz....Darian
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Reply By: Nigel - Wednesday, Jun 05, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2002 at 00:00
For both AM and FM broadcast, I've found the Mobile One antenna that looks like a cut down 27 MHz, works quiet well.

I take two antennas. A VHF stainless whip for AM, and a cutdown VHF stainless whip for FM (about 70-75 cm matches 100 MHz 1/4 wave).
I can listen to 4TO Townsville from Cairns (350km away).
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Reply By: Nigel - Wednesday, Jun 05, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2002 at 00:00
I've also been told the short scanner antennas work great for FM coz they are close to 1/4 wave and are braided (more wire in the air - good for reception, not as good for CB), but no good for AM.
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Reply By: Fred - Thursday, Jun 06, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Jun 06, 2002 at 00:00
OE radios on cruisers and Prados are great! Listened to 3LO Melbourne all the way to Cooabarabran!
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Follow Up By: Royce - Friday, Jun 07, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Jun 07, 2002 at 00:00
You picked it Fred..... I need my Auntie all the way!
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