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Forum topic by rwe2156 posted 12-30-2015 03:08 PM 563 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-30-2015 03:08 PM

I have a rather old radio with built typical built-in antenna that really doesn’t work well due to interference ( I believe) from the metal roof on my shop.

I used to have an external antenna but it had to be rotated if changing station kind of a PITA.

Options I’ve considered so far is a jobsite radio, a shelf stereo system, a Sirius docking radio, and bluetooth speaker/internet radio.

I’m interested in what type system you have/brands and suggestions for antenna enhancement.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#1 posted 12-30-2015 03:20 PM

I don’t have a radio in the shop. Instead I have an MP3 player with a set of powered computer speakers that was kicking around in my basement.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 12-30-2015 03:24 PM

Try running a wire – attaching the antenna to your metal roof :)


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#3 posted 12-30-2015 03:25 PM

I use my iPhone with a set of computer speakers, stream music via Spotify, Sirius and iTunes.

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#4 posted 12-30-2015 03:30 PM

Here is what I use.

Since I first wrote that, my phone was upgraded. Since you can get next to nothing for used Android phones, I kept the old phone and run it without any cell connection. Bluetooth works fine, though, and I keep a playlist on the phone for shop use. The old phone carries with me for a remote control in the shop.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#5 posted 12-30-2015 04:03 PM

I had the same problem in my shop even without a metal roof. I finally just put my ipod touch on a docking station and either listen to the playlist that I already have on it or stream music from the internet using iHeart Radio.

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#6 posted 12-30-2015 04:44 PM

Try running a wire – attaching the antenna to your metal roof :)

What Brad said, a piece of wire will do the trick. Secure it to the antenna, a loose connection will just get static.

My brother gave me an old receiver and some tall speakers I mounted to the wall. I can’t stand listening to commercials on the radio so I picked up a bluetooth receiver for about $20 and stream the Sirius app on my phone.

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#7 posted 12-30-2015 05:03 PM

I solved the problem of commercials by listening to a Maui radio station, now I don’t mind the commercials, it just makes me want to go on vacation.

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#8 posted 12-30-2015 05:49 PM

I originally was using FM radio with same type of reception issues. Found 1 corner of my shop picks up wifi from house so did the phone streaming with some old PC speakers. Daughter gave me a Bluetooth speaker so use it now. I like this setup best because I can even use out outside around shop. I threw together a little stand screwed to wall for phone with slot in bottom for charger wire. The Bluetooth speaker is waterproof so it’ll be making trips on boat this summer.

I’d like to try Bluetooth ear muffs but would like either both ear muffs and speaker to play or somehow auto changeover as I turn ear muffs off/on.

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#9 posted 12-30-2015 06:53 PM

I use a Harmon Kardon Onyx Bluetooth speaker and stream Pandora. I use my old Samsung S3, I is nice to leave it outside plugged up all of the time.

The HK speaker is outstanding. My shop is a 24×24 garage and it fills the space with sound.

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#10 posted 12-30-2015 07:41 PM

Dewalt jobsite radio with either am talk playing, or plugged into my phone with Pandora or ESPN app playing. Would like to eventually hook up surround sound speakers with receiver (all from the thrift store of course).

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#11 posted 12-30-2015 11:43 PM

RWE, Pandora via my phone and bluetooth headphones.

-- Art

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