99.5 WCRB in Boston? Hardly

Eli Polonsky elipolo@earthlink.net
Wed Aug 2 12:40:40 EDT 2006

> > From: "A. Joseph Ross" <Joe@attorneyross.com>
> CC: boston Radio Interest
> <boston-radio-interest@rolinin.bostonradio.org>
> To: "Stephanie Weil" <stephanie@gordsven.com>
> Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2006 15:52:30 -0400
> Subject: Re: 99.5 WCRB in Boston? Hardly
> To the contrary, in my office in Government Center, I have a lot of
> trouble picking up WCRB at 102.5.  I use a rabbit-ears antenna, and
> I am constantly repositioning it and changing the setting on the
> antenna dial (BTW, can one of the techies on this list explain just
> what that multi-position switch on the bottom of a rabbit-ears
> antenna actually does?).

It may do a number of things including shutting off one arm of
the rabbit-ears or the other, and/or sending the signal through
attenuating resistors installed in the base of the antenna, or
a combination of both.

There is always at least one position that feeds the signal
straight through from both arms with no attenuation as if there
was no switch at all, which is the most sensitive, but is not
necessarily the best for areas with strong transmitters nearby,
or areas where the environment causes multipath distortion.


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