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FM radio not great

DrMrEd

Member
Dec 4, 2019
22
2
Pennsylvania
I know most of you folks have moved onto streaming/usb music, but I still like to listen to NPR commuting to work. I've found the FM radio a bit disappointing - some fuzziness on open highways, digital noises when I get in town, overall lower volume than other inputs. Never noticed this in my 2010 Wrangler (although it was tough to hear anything in that)

Maybe this is user error - when I first chose the station, there were 3 HD options I think, possibly I just picked the wrong one? Is this normal nowadays with "HD FM"? This is my first car in two decades with a fancy radio, so my expectations may be a bit high. Or maybe I've got a bad antenna - IDK, hence this post.

How is everyone else's experience using FM?
 

ewoodrick

Well-Known Member
Apr 13, 2018
5,285
3,735
Buford, GA
Not the greatest of reception, but works. If it's a weak signal (as far as the car is concerned) you may want to disable HD, so that it doesn't switch on and off.
 

jmaddr

Active Member
Mar 29, 2019
1,004
999
Florida
I, like you like NPR news. I do a fair amount of traveling around the state so I frequently lose FM signal.
So here's something to consider. My answer to that has been to use the TuneIn app. Just search for the radio station you like to listen to, favorite it...and now as long as you have data signal you can listen to a live radio station no matter where you are in the state! Clearer than FM reception in my opinion. Allows me to listen to my favorite Tampa station even when I'm doing to South Florida. You might want to see if this can work for your situation.

BTW, I also use TuneIn to subscribe to the NPR hourly updates and Up First Podcasts. TuneIn is really more powerful than many think, though it's handling of longer podcasts suck as it doesn't remember position.
 

DrMrEd

Member
Dec 4, 2019
22
2
Pennsylvania
Thanks guys!

I'll try out the non-HD signal and also look into TuneIn. I know my Alexa uses that when I "play NPR" at her, so I must have an account set up somewhere.
 

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