Poor radio reception. Tips?


Gold Member
Username: Ducka

Shelby Twp., MI United States

Post Number: 1438
Registered: Jan-08
I have poor radio reception on a lot of channels that most other radios get decent reception on. I was wondering if any of you guys know of any ways to improve radio reception on an aftermarket hu. Its been a while, but iirc I used to get better reception with my stock reciever. It was never really a problem because I always listened to cds or mp3s, but I listen to the radio in the morning and of course the station I like is fuzzy.

Platinum Member
Username: Insearchofbass

2 hifonics 2607s, 2dcSounds12xls SPL\idmax12SQ

Post Number: 14017
Registered: Jun-04
buy a fm signal booster....thats assuming there is nothing wrong with your antenna

Platinum Member
Username: Glasswolf

Lexington, SC USA

Post Number: 13517
Registered: Dec-03
try replacing the antenna or antenna cable (you don't need to mount the new one, just ground it and plug it in as a test) and check your head unit's ground connection. It should be to bare chassis metal; not using the factory harness ground wire.

Gold Member
Username: Delsole

Post Number: 1510
Registered: Feb-05
Perhaps when the after market unit was installed the antenna wasn't plugged in. Some Vehicle's are a pain in the butt to get in. I recall having to get an antenna extension once because the stock one was to short to plug in.

Bronze Member
Username: Stubbs563

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Post Number: 76
Registered: Feb-10
had a comment but never mind, read the last part of the post >_< my bad

Gold Member
Username: Kpa2727

Old Bridge, NJ USA !

Post Number: 1605
Registered: May-07
my oldswas a pain in the Azz, my suburban needed to have a 5 inch extension to the main wire just to catch the headunit. I was forced to stick my haand under the suburbabs razor sharp dash , hold the wire in place slide the radio in and plug it in once the radio was seated in place. i slit my wrist o the dash , luckily not bad. So in relation to not plugging in the antenna wire, yea I wouldn't be surprised.

Gold Member
Username: Mendonmafia


Post Number: 2039
Registered: Aug-06
try checking that the antenna is cecurly connected at all joints. mine came loose in the rear c pillar where it connects to the factory booster from all the vibration.

if you have a visible antenna then you at least know where to look. i just by chance was painting my pillars so i removed them and found a loose cable and when i plugged it back in my radio worked again
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