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    How can you increase radio reception?

    Hi all,

    I'm starting to get fed up with my car stereo because the reception is just ridiculous.

    I was trying to listen to the radio on my way home from work which normally takes about half an hour.

    I think in that time before I heard about 1 full sentence from the DJ and bits and bobs of others and tunes. It's driving me up the wall!

    Does anyone know of anything I can get to increase my reception this improving the sound quality of my car radio?

    Cheers!
    97 P reg Astra 1.6 8v X16SZR, and yes I have a Haynes manual

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    I think the first thing you should be looking for is where the fault is in the aerial system now.

    Have you changed the headunit, are all the connections plugged in?
    Do you have a rear wing aerial or bee sting on the roof? It isn't uncoommon for the centre mounted ones to get a fault in the booster. Also if you have that version and have chnaged the headunit have you connected up the electric aerial wire?
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    It's the standard wing mounted one.

    It's all plugged into my head-unit fine. The reception on the factory fitted stereo (which was in when I first got the car) was pants aswell so it's clearly something to do with the antenna.

    I was just wondering if you could buy separate boosters for them or something to fatten the signal up.
    97 P reg Astra 1.6 8v X16SZR, and yes I have a Haynes manual

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    Most of the boosters i've come accross are for AM only, i'm sure there is something out there though that does FM

    Personally though i'd be looking at where the fault lies on the car in the first place, we have had faulty ones before
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    To be honest, the aerial is in a pretty bad state like, but I want to fit a bee sting one anyway instead, so I'll probably start looking into getting the hole filled and painted and get a new one.

    That should sort it.

    Cheers though.
    97 P reg Astra 1.6 8v X16SZR, and yes I have a Haynes manual

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    Easiest thing is to check if the rubber grommit between the wing and the antenna is still in one piece. Mum's old Chevette had really pants reception, turned out the rubber grommit had dosed nd was shorting the base to the wing.
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    There is also a braided copper earthing strap, that is fitted to the aerial on one end and the other goes to the chassis. There is also where the aerial cable screws in at the base of the aerial make sure that connection is tight. I cannot remember is there is another connection in the passenger footwell - if I get chance today I will have a look at my red astra.
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    I cannot remember is there is another connection in the passenger footwell
    Yes there is
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