OT radio antenna

I have a cheap AM/FM radio in the office. Lately I have found I have a carefully arrange the power cord, which evidently also is the radio's antenna, to get loud clear FM reception. This is in a frame building. As you can imagine, this is annoying. There is no antenna connector on the radio - the case is externally all plastic. Touching the case diesn't change the sound, and wrapping a long wire around the power cord doesn't change the reception either.
Any suggestions, besides another radio?
TIA
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On 9/5/15 12:24 PM, KenK wrote:

Try adding an extension cord to get more length on the AC cord, and hang it as vertical as possible.
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I forgot to mention I did that. As you indicated, it did help a lot.
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KenK wrote:

Cheap FM radio is just a radio on a chip. There is nothing much can be done. If you increase signal input to the radio too much, it'll over load the front end and over load the tuning circuit it becomes useless due to lack of good dynamic range. At pawn shop or garage sale, one can find good quality vintage radio cheap.
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Retired:
Actually, we've all been told the wrong thing all these years.
The best FM reception is with the wire(or mast) HORIZONTAL, not vertical.
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On Sun, 6 Sep 2015 14:38:50 -0700 (PDT), snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Those folded dipoles made from twin lead that they used to pack in a radio work pretty good for most places.
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

"Cos FM signal is horizontally polarized to begin with. But nothing is perfect, it'll have some vertical component too(speaking of E-plane)
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Sigh, yoots today. In the Good Old Daize FM radios came with a flexible wire in a "T" shape, which, of course, was taped horizontally to your wall.
And then there was this little offer from BIC:
http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/unknown_beam_box_fm10_fm_10.html
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In alt.home.repair, on 5 Sep 2015 16:24:32 GMT, KenK

I'll tell you this. I used to work in a steel company main office building on the steel company grounds, with high ceilings, and my radio was maybe 8 feet from a biggg window, and I got great reception on the stations I wanted, probably FM. I listened to talk radio but I listened through a little white plastic earphone, from the 60's, because I figured they'd think music wouldn't be a distraction but I couldn't pay attention to my work with talk radio. This was 1984 and I think I had a GE Clock Radio from 1972, with digital clock, digital tuning, push button channel selection and dual alarms. So it wasn't cheap, but it was under 50 dollars at the time,, and it was still a table radio. It had ascrews for extension AM and FM antennas, but I don't think I used them.
Then I changed jobs to a new building, (1987) , with 8 foot ceilings and I guess a couple more feet for ducts, cables, etc. but smaller windows, and my radio had to be more than 8 feet away and on the far side of the building from the radio transmitters, and I couldn't get any of the stations I might want. So I bought a $250 iirc radio, a not-big table radio with what I think is a real wood cabinet (though there's not much wood needed) and a second speaker in its own matching cabinet (which I've never used.) and a 3 x 6" square loop pivioting off the back of the radio as the FM? antenna, also digital, also with presettable station buttons, and it didn't work any better than the cheaper radio I had before.
I took it home and I still use it by my bed, and it receives loads of FM stations but very few AM stations. . Maybe that's all that is broadcast. It gets two stations from DC that for the most part only car radios get, so it's a good FM radio.
But unless I needed a good radio at home, like I did, I'd save all the packing materials and treat any new radio with care so I could still return it if it didn't do any better than the radio you have now.
I would still like to get those two DC stations in other rooms at home. So I buy radios for 2, 3 or 4 dollars at hamfests, flea markets. and it seems the brand and the plushness of the radio have little to do with how good the FM reception is. I've gotten unknown brands that get the stations (though only on one tiny point on the dial) while big tuners meant match amplifiers and tape decks, with external antennas, dome digital don't get the stations at all.
The computer gets all the stations I want, and eventually I'm going to reinstall the wireless transmiitter and speakers, with one wireless speaker in the kitchen, the bedroom, the bathroom, the basement, and one for outdoors.
(For that matter, wrt TV, my Zenith made digitial-to-analog set-top box connected through a VCR gets more channels than y my Philips DVDR made digiatl in the first place. This Zenith brand set-top box was sold at the time of the ending of analog tv, and I'm pretty sure Zenith tvs hadn't been sold in years at that time. Yet someone was making a qulaity product under the Zenith name. (It also has timed channel selection, to go with a VCR timed recording. )
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Would the powers that be object to Tunein or Pandora on your computer?
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In alt.home.repair, on Sat, 5 Sep 2015 15:29:13 -0700 (PDT), Uncle

That's true, it only has to be fair. I have times when my net is bad, web pages don't load, email is stalled, and even news is stalled, but usually the web radio just keeps playing. That's because of buffering of course, but it's still pretty impressive how well it works. (Maybe I should look into increasing the buffer size for those few times the radio cuts out. It usually starts up again where it left off.
I use RadioMaxiums, whose big advantage is that the paid version allows you to record radio on a schedule. Using the Scheduler, you can even arrange for the computer to turn on and the program to start, and for it to record on any of the hundreds of stations it already knows how to get. You can also add stations if you can find out the url of their sound. I think I did this with a couple stations by goint to the radio stations website, clicking Listen Live, and then doing something to copy the url to clipboard. Maybe the url was just displayed in Firefox window.
Anyhow, I record off of one station on Friday mornings to get Diane Rehm, on another station on Saturday to get Car Talk, and on a third station on Sunday nights to get The Big Broadcast. After recording them they are easy to play.
I think you can record several programs at once (too complicated for me.) but I don't think I read that you can play one while recording another.
It has a sleep timer too. And you can set the volume for each station separately so changing stations doesn't change volume.
The FREE version does everything the paid version does, plays all the same stations and will record too, but you have to be there to start the recording. That's the only feature you get for money, iirc.
The bad thing is one flaw and that he doesn't even answer me when I write. Might well be a one-man company and he's probably been doing something else. (It's been months since I wrote.) The flaw is that if you turn off the Windows sound, it also turns off the RadioMaximus sound. That's fine, but later, the RM sound goes back on by itself. Then when I get back to the computer, I push the mute button on my keyboard, and it turns on the windows sound, but at the same time turns off the RM sound.
He has other similar programs on his website but they are all unfinished.

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