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Reception hack for using little transistor radio in my kayak?

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I bought this little AM/FM transistor radio so I can listen to baseball games while I fish. I would use my phone but cell signal is iffy at my favorite places. This little radio has a 12" telescopic antenna and can pull in the local am/fm signals but then I lose the signal (or it drifts slightly off) when I set it down. Signal is always better while I hold it but obviously I need to set it down while paddling/fishing.

 

Since it wants to use my body as an antenna boost I was wondering about either connecting it via an alligator clip to the aluminum frame of my kayak seat or running a wire around the frame and using that. I admit to not knowing much about radio signals but was hoping someone here might have a suggestion or something they have done in their kayak that worked.

 

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Assuming it has a headphone jack, have you tried using that? A lot of devices will use that cord for an antenna. Alternatively, get a headphone with a built in radio, I have lightweight ones for doing reno work and listening to NPR, but I don't see them on the market anymore, most seem to be heavy jobsite hearing protection with a radio.

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The problem isnt always the antenna but the cheap tuner , you might want to get a little better quality tuner . If you are useing am signal will drift up and down the scale stick with a digital tuner instead of analog!

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39 mins ago, cheech said:

The Standard Horizon VHF I’m about to get has FM radio.

what model is that? i realized i need to get one this year and having an fm radio on it too would be nice

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1 hour ago, cheech said:

The hx 210 I’m looking at, and many other of their handhelds feature it.

Ok good to know, know anything about the hx40 model? 

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