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Jim Tavegia
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Winegard FM only antennas

In case you are one of us who still listens to FM, Winegard still makes some excellent FM antennas. I use the PR 6000 with great success just outside Atl. A dealer may have to special order it for you, but if you do listen to FM it is well worth the effort. A couple of 10 foot masts, some 75 ohm cable, drill a few holes and Wha-La, beautiful low background noise FM.

Audio Advisor

Audio Advisor also offers some great FM reception products. I have friends who rave about the Magnum Dynalab ST-2 omni antenna.

Enjoy.

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Re: FM reception

Thanks for the links.

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Also Antennacraft also makes dedicated FM only Yagi the only way to go, Yagi, highly directional on a rotor. MagnumDynalab also markets some top end FM only antennas. The Fanfare and MAgnum Dynalab are made by at leaset used to be by teh same special FM only antenna company from CT i think. There is of course teh old timers Winegard and the other outfit that has been around since like the first years i think of radio and tv.

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http://www.fanfare.com/drant-all.html I forget teh company that makes these, oh, i think antenna specialist?

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Thanks for the link.

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Re: FM reception

Thanks, Jim! I'm a tuner enthusiast, for sure. My dealer wants me to try out the ST-2. I just might, after I get my amplifier and turntable. (Yes, I've been talking about those purchases for a long time, but it's hard to buy hi-fi with a negative net income!) I've actually been very impressed by my NAD 4020A. It does an excellent job, even in the basement with a standard dipole! NPR sounds wonderful.

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I have and like the Fanfare FM-2G. Fanfare claims theirs is the first of this design and and the ST-2 is a copy. All I know is that both work well.

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I think the company that actually makes FanFare and Magnum Dynalab is Antenna Specialists or some such name, I think, based in Conn.

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Re: FM reception

I have found that most NPR stations and engineering staffs do seem to care about how good a signal they put out. WABE is good here. I found some variable quality the last time I was in Chicago with WFMT, but it could have been just me. Usually their signal is first rate.

I would bet that the RF from Columbia and Wkcr is much better than their web stream. I know at my small college we tried hard to put out a good 100 watt signal and our campus sponsor was also a Ham operator and he did a great job keeping our transmitter in good shape. I think back to those days with only the fondest of memories. It was great fun.

We also have a great jazz station here in ATL at 107.5 WJZZ and they are the best sounding station in metro ATL for sure. They have a tendency to go R and B, but what jazz they do play is excellent.

I was just scanning the dial last night and happened on the Braves broadcast on FM and the sound of full freq baseball play by play was so good. Skip Cary and Joe Simpson were right in my livingroom it was so clear and full. I am still one of those old farts who occasionally likes to listen to baseball on the radio.

I still remember pulling in Harry Cary and Jack Buck doing Cardinal games at night from ST. Louis on AM . I could often get Red games from Cincy as well at night from WLW I think. Now MLB wants me to pay for them!

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Re: FM reception

Jim, as a fellow Atlanta listener, I'm afraid I'll have to disagree with your comments about WABE.
I have never heard more DEAD AIR on any other station and believe me I have listened to various NPR stations as well as commercial classical stations in many cities.
The station's programming selection is nice and varied and it has the best "real jazz" of any station in the market. It's on from 9PM Saturday until 2AM Sunday morning and is called Jazz Classics - hosted by a wonderful man named H. Johnson who has been doing the show for 20+ years.

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