Build an FM Antenna
A do-it-yourself project
The single most important thing that you can do to improve your reception of WRYR-LP
is to use a good antenna.
It's easy to build a good antenna for listening to FM radio. The design given here can be
built in under half an hour if you have the parts and it works better than products from
Radio Shack and elsewhere that cost over $100. This antenna works much better than
most commercial powered or amplified units.
You need two rods made of wood or plastic or anything that isn't a conductor (so don't
use wire from a coat hanger, for example), a length of insulated wire, some sticky-tape or
thumbtacks or some substitute, and a length of 300 Ohm ribbon feeder cable to connect
the antenna to the radio. It will help if you can solder the wire connections together but it
The antenna, as shown in the diagram below, is square and is made by wrapping wire
around a frame of crossing rods. The size of the square is important and is shown in the
table. If you listen to stations all over the FM dial then use the smaller measurements for
the "full band", and this would include WRYR-LP. [If you wish to build an antenna for
listening to college radio in the 88 to 92 MHz range, then choose the larger size antenna
The length of the side of the antenna is x and y is the length of the rod you need to make
the correct size of square.
88 - 92 MHz
88 - 108 MHz
Full FM band
Connect the rods together in the middle with tape, string, a nail or whatever. Try to keep
them perpendicular to each other. You might want to brace the frame for extra strength.
Wind the wire around the rods as shown. This is the tricky part. In order to pull the wire
taught you need to tie together the corners of the ½ x lengths. I used electrical tape for
this. Connect the two ends o