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    Need radio help

    Due to where we live I can only listen to my favorite radio station online. We don't get very good reception here and there is a lot of interference from other stations.
    So, in order to listen I have to get out the laptop, log on, bring up the station, plug in the speakers, etc., etc., etc. Isn't there an easier way?
    I only use speakers. I don't do earbuds.
    Is there a digital device, or maybe some kind of radio that I'm not hip to that would work?
    Any help would be appreciated.
    This is the station. It is very good. http://kdhx.org/
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    A cheap, possibly used laptop dedicated to the task would probably be the cheapest/easiest.

    I'd probably also get an olde stereo receiver @ a yard sale and some decent home speakers, hook it up with an adapter.

    Actually I've run antenna wire from an olde receiver up to a rooftop antenna and gotten AMAZING FM range, might try that first. One hose I was in had metal gutters and I ran wire up to that, sanded a spot of bare metal and attached with self-tapping screw.

    If you have a smartphone you could get an iHome or two.

    Lotta options...
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    I use a Logitech Squeeze box to listen to BBC and stations in NY, DC and SF.

    Also a Pandora and Rhapsody feed.

    Works great for me.

    Here's what they offer now http://ue.logitech.com/en-us/smart-radios

    There maybe something else out there.
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    An external antenna and a DX friendly radio like a GE super radio will do wonders for your reception. Is it an Am or FM station?
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    It's 88.1 on the FM dial.
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    How far is the transmitter, and are there any natural features i.e. mountains between you and it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikebuddha View Post
    How far is the transmitter, and are there any natural features i.e. mountains between you and it?
    The fabled mountains of Illinois

    Sorry. Please resume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    The fabled mountains of Illinois

    Sorry. Please resume.
    In that case I would try an external antenna you can get a whip or dipole pretty cheap and a good radio.
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