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Make A ShortWave Loop or Reel Antenna for portable radio? Answered

I purchased the coby cx-cb12 portable radio that has 12 bands including sw 1-9, and I purchased a Kaide Portable that has sw 1-7 when I purchased the coby radio a guy suggested that I also buy a pocket reel antenna to get better reception but when I search for one it comes up as this http://www.amazon.com/Kaito-T1-Radio-antenna/dp/B00066Z9XG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361888769&sr=8-1&keywords=pocket+reel+antenna the thing is my portable radios don't have an external antenna jack or well there is no place for one and I don't know how I would hook it up. I saw on here people had made shortwave antenna's but I need one more suited to a portable radio, and was wondering if there was a way to make one that would work with a portable radio or if there is some other type of antenna that I could purchase. Thank you.


You won't be able to use an external antenna with either radio. At least not without opening up the radios and adding your own antenna connector. If your not willing to do that, and i don't suggest that you do, then don't worry about an additional antenna. The best way to make use of an external antenna would be mounting the antenna in a location where it can get best reception. Requiring you to keep the radio in one location as well. Which negates the portability of the radios to start with.

Portable radios are limited. If you want optimal reception then a good base station and mounted antenna setup is what you'll want.

Yes, that probably would be the only option and I don't want to take them apart maybe the kaide, but my coby works well enough as is for a portable radio. After looking around online I came up with an idea of how I might could make a smaller LONG WIRE antenna but it wouldn't be like a mounted antenna and probably not much better then what I already have. Thank you..