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Could I boost the reception of my car radio by putting a dish at the base of it? Answered

My car's radio is pretty old and most of the radio stations where I live are miles away, so interference is very common. I happened to see this instructable on boosting wi-fi reception: https://www.instructables.com/id/Uni-Directional-WIFI-Range-Extender/ and was wondering if this could be mimicked for my car antenna by putting the strainer dish at the base of it.

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frollard
frollard

Best Answer 11 years ago

not very well - it 'would' work, but those wok-antennas do something specific, not magic. They make your omnidirectional (all directions) antenna into a directional antenna by focussing the input from a straight line, parabolically reflecting a larger area onto the antenna. On a car, you move and turn a lot - you'd need it always pointing at your radio station's signal source... :(

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Funk_D
Funk_D

Answer 11 years ago

Aww... that's disappointing. Thanks for the detailed answer though!

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frollard
frollard

Answer 11 years ago

not to mention what would happen to a dish-shaped object on the roof of your car at 110km/hr (65mph)...lol