View Full Version : FM reception in metal fabrication shop

Chevy power
2-Mar-2015, 11:01 PM
I work in a large fabrication shop, with lots of metal all around, the out side of the building is metal, much of the floors are steel plates. I am limited to about 3 radio stations, which was not a problem because I could use my phone to stream my favorite music/ talk shows. Cell phones have been banned on the floor so here I am.

I am able to get WNIR, WONE, WQMX. I am mostly interested in getting WMMS, and WRQK. I was using a sony cd player that has a single wire (not ideal). Yesterday I took a computer power supply and wired it up to an old cd player head unit for a car. Took it into work today and was able to get a few more stations but not the ones I really want. I was using a 24" long car antenna.

I have a pretty large work area but I am not able to mount this on the roof or up very high (maybe 7 or 8ft off the ground tops). I'm right by two large doors on the northeast side of the building which I hope gives me an advantage.

I have an adapter to go from the Motorola antenna plug on the back of the radio to a F type connection so I can use any regular antenna.

A guy who used to work there was able to pick up the station I am interested in but I have no idea what he used other than an old receiver.

I was thinking about purchasing the Winegard HD6010.

Thanks for any help, I appreciate it.

3-Mar-2015, 2:12 PM
Do you have access to the roof or an outside part of the building that offers a line of sight view in the directions of the FM transmitters you're interested in? Can you run a coaxial cable from an outside location to your assigned workspace? If so, mount your car antenna outside and run the coax to your location.

If not, you're going to be severely challenged in trying to get any remnant of the desire signal that manages to penetrate the metal shell of the building.