How to Get a Local FM Radio on a TV Antenna

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FM Radio is an audio-only broadcast medium with a high frequency-range. The advantage of FM over AM includes a much clearer signal and reception in stereo separation. The disadvantage is FM signals require a substantial antennae to receive a signal, especially from distant transmitters. Most FM receivers have a built-in antennae in the power cord, but using an external antennae, such as those available for broadcast television, can dramatically improve signal reception.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • FM radio receiver
  • Length of copper wire
  • Soldering iron
  • Tin solder

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    Adding an external antennae

  1. 1

    Unplug your receiver from its electrical socket and disconnect any system components connected to the receiver. Examine the back of the receiver and locate the "ext ant." connection leads.

  2. 2

    Secure one length of copper wire to the external antennae connection lead. Use two separate wires if the receiver model and dual connection leads

  3. 3

    Examine the TV antennae for connection leads. If it is an outdoor antennae, locate the wire from antennae

  4. 4

    Connect the wires from receiver to antennae wire. Connect the wires by twisting them together. Do not worry about electricity. Antennae leads carry no electric current.

  5. 5

    Turn on the receiver and check the signal. Rotate the antennae in different directions until signal strength increases.

    Using a TV antennae with a FM receiver with no external antennae connection

  1. 1

    Disconnect the receiver and using the screwdriver take off the top panel.

  2. 2

    Locate where the power cord connects to the power supply.

  3. 3

    Locate the connection labelled "ant" or "signal input."

  4. 4

    Solder a length of copper wire to the signal input connection.

  5. 5

    Extend the wire from the receiver box through one of the air vent slots. Connect the TV antennae to the wire according to the directions in Section 1, Steps 3, 4 and 5.

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