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How to Improve Bad DAB Radio signals


Most people buy a portable DAB radio get home, switch it on and find they only have a few channels or no DAB radio channels at all.

The first problem you find is that the aerial supplied with the radio is normally very short and there is a weak signal to tune your DAB radio into. So we need to improve the aerial to improve the reception on the radio. There are several things you can try like an old metal coat hanger or a length of cable or even a proper DAB aerial.


Picture ofa makeshift DAB Aerial

The next problem you find is there are NO external aerial connections on a DAB portable radio to connect a DAB radio aerial to. So here are some ideas that might help in your task to get a better DAB radio signal.


Picture on how to connect an DAB Aerial to a portable Aerial

You could use a crocodile clip attached to the DAB radio aerial and the other end connected to a length of cable.


Another solution could be to get a piece of coax cable which is connected to a DAB aerial on the outside of your house then twist the centre core of the coax aerial cable around the DAB portable aerial like the picture below


Picture of an home made DAB Aerial fitted to a Portable Aerial

If none of the above work you need to have a DAB Aerial fitted on the outside of your house

Picture of a DAB Outside Aerial

If you feel that an outside DAB Aerial could give you better signal for your DAB Radio please contact us using the contact information at the bottom of this web page or click on this link to go to our contact infomation.