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Old 07-30-2013, 02:39 PM   #1
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Can I connect my radio to my TV antenna...

I have a 2008 Rockwood with a Concertone radio and was wondering if it is possible to connect it to my batwing TV antenna for better reception in isolated places. Has anyone done this successfully? I could use some help.
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:47 PM   #2
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wrong wavelength I think... There should be a roof mounted FM antenna.


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Old 07-30-2013, 04:23 PM   #3
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Yes you should be able to do that if your TV is close to your radio (I'm not familiar with your layout). Buy one of these taps, insert the in to out side between your regular TV wiring and then connect the 6dB tap to your radio. The advantage of using a "tap" instead of a splitter is that it reduces the signal to your TV by a lot less.
(Note: FM radio station frequencies are between TV channels 6 and 7.)
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:33 PM   #4
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Let me back up a minute here. I also don't know if your radio has a Motorola antenna connector on it (like most car radios) or if it has terminals or an F-connector. You may need to buy an adapter as well as the tap.

Let me add that the disadvantage of using a TV antenna for a radio is that they are fairly directional, while FM car antennas are not. This usually doesn't matter so much for RVs since we're usually at a park outside of some town and everything we want to receive is in that town.
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:35 PM   #5
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Here is the link to an adapter that should work for most radios:

Motorola to F Connector 36'' Cable | 10TV110 | Distributed By MCM
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Here is the link to an adapter that should work for most radios:

Motorola to F Connector 36'' Cable | 10TV110 | Distributed By MCM
My issue with this vendor is that it's a $2 item but shipping is $10. :-(
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$10 includes handling... :-)
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My issue with this vendor is that it's a $2 item but shipping is $10. :-(
When I worked in shipping at B&D the cost of shipping was usually higher then the cost of the replacement part being shipped.
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My issue with this vendor is that it's a $2 item but shipping is $10. :-(
Best $10 I spent! Now with a power boosted directional antenna I get an overload of FM stations and NOAA weather where I got nothing before. I got 4 NOAA stations over the weekend and didn't know which was the local one. By turning off the booster narrowed it down to 1 with the strongest signal. Good Mod.

FM is just beyond the old channel 6 and NOAA is just below channel 7 so the antenna design is perfect. AM doesn't work so well but, whatever.
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I thought I would play with this as my Jensen radio/CD in my bedroom had very poor reception from the beginning.
I found that there is a small 10" split wire 'antenna' (if you can call it that) in the dresser where the radio is mounted. It is connected to a 3' piece of coax converted to a motorola type plug into the radio. This understandably offered little reception.

I managed to install a coax splitter behind the wall of the basement where the TV coax jack is, then routed some coax along some plumbing running along the ceiling of the basement - up through the floor to the bedroom for the washer dryer. Fortunately this plumbing runs up and along the floor inside the dresser, so it was right where I needed it without any drilling.
I had everything I needed (12' coax, connectors & splitter) so it was a cheap install.

Result - excellent FM (and some AM) reception even without the TV antenna raised! I did make sure the booster was on and was even able to tune in a known fringe station with no issue.

Great thread.
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