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Improving AM Reception In An Office Building

One of the toughest places to get radio reception is inside an office building. Construction materials like bricks and metal, and noise from computers and other electronics can all combine to make radio reception almost impossible. Besides the construction of the building, you sometimes have to account for your location in a building as well. I used to work at a corner desk in a windowless room on the 14th floor of a Manhattan office building. We were allowed to listen to music while we worked, but we quickly found that a radio was useless. Turning to the Internet might have been a viable alternative at home, but at work, streaming radio over the Internet would cut into the company's Internet service. Most of us settled for the repetitive listening of CDs. Since you're visiting C. Crane, though, if you work in an office and have terrible radio reception, you don't have to settle. Here are some possible fixes for you:

Wireless Solution:

But what if you can't imagine setting up a bunch of wires in your office, or it's just too much trouble to get a cable to run cleanly along the floor or along the ceiling. What then? Well, then you can go wireless. At home, I have a CCRadio with a Twin Coil Ferrite® AM Antenna set rightnext to a window - and attached to the headphone jack of the CCRadio is an FM Transmitter. I use the FM Transmitter to send a clean, clear AM signal (that's right - an AM signal) to other radios throughout my home, even the cavernous bathroom. At night, I also use the combination of the CCRadio and the Twin Coil Ferrite® AM Antenna to fine tune a far away station (DXing), and then send that signal to other radios that don't get very good reception.

Wireless Solution

If you opt for the FM Transmitter solution, you can expect up to a 70-foot range in an office building, and that will probably drop by about ten feet for every wall the signal has to pass through. Whatever combination you decide to go with, there are many reasons to include the CCRadio-2 in your set up. Say you like to listen to two different stations at different times of the day. Instead of getting up and tuning the channel, you can program the radio to switch automatically to a different station at a set time. You can even use this timer to set the radio to switch from an AM to FM broadcast, and vice-versa. As always, please contact us with any comments or article suggestions you may have.

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