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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-29-2011, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Radio for Camp with good reception

Can anyone recommend a decent radio that I can use at camp that gets good reception. Trying to find one that I can use to listen to Philles/Eagles game while at camp. Our old radio died, and most of the newer radios that we've tried, sound good, but can't seem to pull in the stations that the old radio got.


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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-29-2011, 01:35 PM
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Re: Radio for Camp with good reception

I have an older Bose wave that seems to pull everything in. Also has a place for an external antenae although I don't use one.
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I use my sirius satellite radio at camp. I've never had a problem with reception.

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In my area a radio with a external outdoor antenna is a must and than the options are limited with certain weather conditions.

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If you are having issues picking up stations, you need to look for a radio (usually not a boom box style) that has the hookup for an external antenna. If you can get the antenna outside and high this should help. At the very least, put the antenna to a window with the least obstructed view (you will need to experiment where you are able to get the best reception).

Its very hard to get stations at our camp as well since we are between two mountains. The antenna on the radio we have now is about to fall off. Once it does, we will probably need to get one with an external option.

One thing to remember if you want to go to satellite radio, it can be effected by heavy tree coverage and or has had issues penetrating thick/multiple walls
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Re: Radio for Camp with good reception

We're in a deep valley also. We've probably had 4 or 5 boomboxes in 30 years and they've all been hit or miss at times with the local channels(Kane, St Mary's, Warren) but never have a problem with SIRIUS. We have a dock that cames with a small antenna about the size of a cell phone. We put it on the roof and run it down to the window where the dock is. It works out good, the window facing out is our deck, facing in is the kitchen/great room.

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I use my sirius satellite radio at camp. I've never had a problem with reception.
X2 Buckethead! Couldn't live without my sirius! Love the highway' Octane and the nhl & other sports channels!!

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Unfortunately, Xm/Sirius reception is not real good at the camp. What type of external antennas work best?

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Honestly I have never been anywhere except under a highway under pass or tunnel that I haven't had good reception. Esp. if you get a direct hookup for it.

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Unfortunately, Xm/Sirius reception is not real good at the camp. What type of external antennas work best?
I don't know if you have the boom box and satellite antenna for your sirius, but I'm down in a valley, surrounded by trees and pull almost full reception. If you play around with the antenna, you'll find a sweet spot. Mine is mounted on a 1X2 board, protruding in an upward angle from under my picnic pavillion roof. I moved it slowly, side to side until I nailed the signal. Its been great ever since.

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