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 Post subject: Outdoor Antenna
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:28 am 
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Any suggestion for an outdoor FM antenna?

I was thinking of a Channel Master CM-3026.

I am in Sherbrooke, Quebec and can't tune in to Vermont Public Radio or New-Hampshire Public Radio.

Tuning in from the car either station is a hit or miss affair as it all depends where around the Sherbrooke area I happen to be at the time.

I know that VPR News has a transmitter in the Northeast Kingdom in St-Johnsbury which is 68 miles as the crow flies from Sherbrooke.

The CM-3025 info indicates a 40 mile range.

Is getting such an antenna really worth the effort or should I simply find a way of getting the live stream from my computer to my audio system?

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 Post subject: Re: Outdoor Antenna
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:51 am 
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Definitely look into a Magnum Dynalab ST-2.
Best FM antenna out there!
129.95 new.

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 Post subject: Re: Outdoor Antenna
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:59 am 
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I'd say it would be hit or miss. Regardless of the antenna type - the mounting height and direction are probably one of the most important factors to getting a good signal. The higher the antenna the more chance it can "see" the transmitted signal. There are 100mile (160km) antennas. You may have better luck with streaming...

If you do go that route consider hooking your TV up as well - I have an crappy Terk "digital" indoor AM/FM antenna that actually works better on my TV than some more expensive OTA Digital TV antennas. Who would have thought that a $20 AM/FM antenna can work better than a >$100 HD OTA antenna. I think it works better because I can easily re-position it for the the two broadcast towers we have in Ottawa.


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 Post subject: Re: Outdoor Antenna
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:08 am 
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Chipmunk1957 wrote:
Definitely look into a Magnum Dynalab ST-2.


I'm using an ST-2 as well, and I agree it's very good, however the OP may be better with a directional antenna given he's trying to pull from a fair distance...


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 Post subject: Re: Outdoor Antenna
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:12 am 
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I agree on the hit or miss explanation. Most often, I have found that a car antenna would perform better at distances than the home fm antenna and given the short distance you have supplied, you may be in a tough area for reception. I would stream, as PBR shouldn't be dependent on ultimate sound quality. Besides, with streaming, your range goes from a hundred miles at best with the antenna, to the world with streaming.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:21 am 
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dcrooks wrote:
Chipmunk1957 wrote:
Definitely look into a Magnum Dynalab ST-2.


I'm using an ST-2 as well, and I agree it's very good, however the OP may be better with a directional antenna given he's trying to pull from a fair distance...

Ok maybe the OP should look into the Magnum Dynalab Slueth as well. Just a phenomenal way to pull in distant stations.

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 Post subject: Re: Outdoor Antenna
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:49 am 
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A directional outdoor antenna is worthless unless it is paired with a rotor, unless you only listen to one station.


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An old Luxman T117 in my system is far more effective than the Harman it replaced, using an ST-2 in a remote location. Real sensitivity makes a big difference with S/N also.
Streaming will only get you mp3, lots missing with that.


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