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Would I fry a boom box radio if I put a tv antenna on it? Answered

Would it fry the radio if I attached an old tv antenna to a radio? I have already attached a loooong antenna to it, but I need moremoremore!

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

12 years ago

. It will not hurt your radio - unless it gets hit by lightning or falls into a power line. . Re receiving radio from Africa: FM, no way. AM broadcast band, maybe, if you're real lucky, but it will be a hit-and-miss affair (atmospheric conditions have to be just right) and you will need a directional antenna. SW, very possible.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

Just kidding about Africa. I did wonder if I could get channels from hundreds of miles away though.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

Thanks for telling me NachoMahma-that was exactly what I needed to know. I'm gonna put it on!

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. Keep in mind that, for optimal performance, an antenna needs to be a certain length - longer is not necessarily better. What length depends on the frequency. For what you're doing, it's probably not that big of a deal. Serious hams will have multiple antennae so they can select the one that works best in the band they are using at the time. . When transmitting, the wrong antenna CAN damage your equipment. For receiving, I don't think it's possible.

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ll.13
ll.13

Reply 12 years ago

Do bigger antennas need powering? I tried rigging up a car radio(shed radio) to a tv aerial, but it didn't help one little bit (and currently I can only receive the local station (18miles away) that's with a 3 inch aerial....

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varmit
varmit

Reply 12 years ago

see the varmint post this date.

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varmit
varmit

12 years ago

an old and I mean OLD radio pal of mine used to make up an antenna called a folded dipole (sp) simply a length of bare wire attached to the antenna leads of the needy radio. Length is up to you say 10-20 ft. just do not let the wire touch it self , that is keep it one big loop , any shape will do actually oh and and try an east -west or north south direction for best recepti oh yea ... no a TV antenna won't "fry " the radio. a radio signal has a best lenght of reception but good ole length will pull in weak signals K?? Varmit

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tech-king
tech-king

12 years ago

if you plan to put the antenna ouside/on a roof, install a fast blow fuse (not sure exact value) to protect against lightning.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

I'm just gonna take it outside every now and then...I'm not gonna leave it outside or listen in the rain. But thanks.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

12 years ago

IF by "tv antenna" you mean one that is used to send TV signals from station to station, you could possibly fry it, without the proper protection. The super large antenna one sees with fences around them are gathering enough energy to give one hang of a shock, if it didn't kill you outright.

But, if you mean the antenna on the top of the average home (in the 1960's-1980's) then no, but as Nacho mentions, such an antenna would be "outside" and subject to the electrostatic elements....a kind of lightening rod, but instead of dissipating a charge (as the original rods were meant to do) they would help gather excess charge during an electrical event like a thunder storm. At that point, ie a direct strike, one's only defense, beside unhooking it from the device (but leaving the ground line intact), are certain gas tube arresters and a few Direct strike arresters none of which are totally guaranteed to be completely effective.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

I just mean an old antenna that was on top of the house when we moved in. We have satellite so we took it down.

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LinuxH4x0r
LinuxH4x0r

12 years ago

If you want international channels just get a satellite. I have one that was $200, with no monthly fees. It gets tv and radio. Right now its pointed to the middle east.

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 12 years ago

Where'd you get that?

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LinuxH4x0r
LinuxH4x0r

Reply 12 years ago

here
This is the 2nd one we got. Our other one is in Minnesota, and has been working for around 7 years

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 12 years ago

Which one is the best to get? And what type of "ethnic" channels do they recieve?

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

12 years ago

To get channels from Africa!!:-D Just wondered if it could be done.

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 12 years ago

I don't think so... You can't get channels from africa. It doesn't really matter how tall your antenna is, the waves only go a certain distance.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

I'm just kidding about africa...and anyway, I had a radio that did get signals from all over the world.

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 12 years ago

Really? I want one of those.

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LinuxH4x0r
LinuxH4x0r

Reply 12 years ago

short wave

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 12 years ago

Was it by satellite?

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

Nope. Just a little handheld radio with a rather dinky antenna. I fried it by accidentally plugging in a wall adapter that was too high voltage. :(

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 12 years ago

Awww. That sucks. Go onto ebay and find another one.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

Yeah...I probably will.

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Doctor What
Doctor What

12 years ago

Why do you need a long long antenna?