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This is a low-power community radio station operating under FCC rules Part 15 and as such, power is limited. The range of this radio station’s signal is deemed to be a 1 mile radius, but the signal may be readable at much greater distances depending upon the area, building structures, weather conditions, etc.

AM radio reception is typically subjected to interference from a variety of sources. Some of these include: Overhead power lines, solar activity, electric motors, sunspots, computers, microwave ovens, florescent lights, hair dryers and other home appliances.  Click here for the Solar Terrestrial Activity Report

Night-time reception also introduces other "noises" into an AM signal. This occurs as a natural phenomenon in the earth's atmosphere at sunset, producing what is referred to as "Sky wave."  Sky wave will cause some radio signals to travel great distances, bringing many stations to the local radio dial from far away places.

Often these distant signals will compete for channels which are already occupied by your local stations, degrading AM reception. Other factors which can affect comfortable listening are certain weather conditions and soil conductivity. Soil that is rich in moisture and natural mineral content can serve as a suitable location for a low-power, Part-15 AM station; in terms of an acceptable range and signal quality - even at extremely low power levels.

Here are a few tips that may help you to receive a clear station signal within our listening area.

Radio reception in homes using a AM tuner that comes with the stereo set up is best with a good antenna. Most systems have no antenna or an inferior receiver because of the lack of interest in AM radio. You may be able to obtain good results with a
Radio Shack AM/FM loop antenna #15-1859 on top of a cabinet containing the AM tuner. The cost is about $29.99 plus tax for this AM/FM loop antenna.

Try listening on several different radios, and select the one with the best reception. Radio sensitivity varies greatly amongst manufacturers. One brand may offer superb reception, while another may not.

An external antenna will usually give good results. However, if you live in a stucco house it may probably be the only way to get a good signal.

AM radio reception can often be improved by re-positioning your radio. In other words, move the radio around until reception improves. Sometimes, just moving the radio to another room or plugging it into a different wall outlet can make a world of difference.  Telephone lines or utility lines at the street running into the home can act as giant antennas and sometimes they even carry radio signals.  Try moving your radio around the phone line or near a wall outlet to see if reception improves.

Boom-boxes with extended antennas seem to be OK to use. Now with clock radios and small handheld radios will most likely be useful in the immediate area of the radio station.

Always keep your receiver away from major appliances. Computers and other domestic devices, especially those with motors or fans, produce their own RF signals which can disrupt regular AM reception.  However some devices such as microwave ovens can actually improve signal reception.  Try locating your radio on or near your microwave and see if reception does indeed improve.

Visit your local electronics dealer and purchase an external AM antenna or a newer and more sensitive AM radio. Radio Shack carries a wide variety of such products.  Also try the GE Super Radio 3 or CCRadio plus by Crane.

Other factors that may affect the radio station signal, especially at night
For instance, in a room, cell phones, fluorescent lights and power supplies (like from a laptop) can also create static.

Static from a variety of sources and interference from other radio stations at night are more of a problem with AM radio.

Do you still need help on receiving our signal?
If you are located in Dade City contact us at 352-567-9610.
  We will be glad to help you out and/or possibly stop by, if you like, to tune your radio.  As a quick note.  Some areas may not be able to receive our signal