Metal buildings create challenges for television and radio reception. Attempting to mount and orient an antenna in a metal structure is often an exercise in futility, with the metal structure reflecting signals away from the antenna. Once the antenna is placed on a suitable support away from the building, however, connecting the antenna's coaxial cable to an AM/FM receiver, or tuner, is the simple part.
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Things you need
- RG-6 coaxial cable
Access the back of the AM/FM receiver. Look for a small, threaded cylindrical post with a small hole in the middle.
Screw an RG-6 coaxial cable of sufficient length clockwise from a wall plate that has a threaded post that matches the one on the receiver.
Connect the other end of the coaxial cable to the receiver's coaxial input. It is typically labelled "FM," "ANT" or "RF."
Turn on the receiver. Tune the receiver to a radio station that you know has a strong signal to confirm signal reception from the metal building.
Tips and warnings
- Using a powered amplifier boosts a radio's signal. It sits in-line with the coaxial cable feed-line from the antenna.
- Use an adjustable amplifier to decrease a radio signal that is too strong.
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