Improve AM/FM Radio Reception


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zandersn
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Improve AM/FM Radio Reception

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I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to improve the FM radio reception on a 2007 Honda gold wing GL1800? Even my local station will cause the stereo light on the dashboard to blink on and off and there's added static in the station which makes it annoying.

I tried to use a FM amplifier thing that I bought on Amazon but it doesn't seem to improve it at all. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions on how to improve the reception of the FM radio? Thanks.


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Re: Improve AM/FM Radio Reception

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While the radio is tuned into a local station and the reception is poor, place your hand on the antenna and see what happens. If the reception gets better, the issue may be a poor ground to the antenna. That ground strap that connects the antenna to the frame of the bike may not be making good contact. What you can do is attach a piece of grounding braid or a length of wire with terminal ends on it from the antenna mounting bolt to the antenna ground point inside the trunk. Or, maybe just make sure that the ground strap is clean and making good contact.

If nothing happens when you touch the antenna, it is probably just poor radio reception . You could contact Larry M. at Wing Connect https://wingconnect.com/ and see if he has any easy answers for you. There is a nice troubleshooting guide on his website.
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Do you have any LED lights? Some of them make RF noise than can interfere with the radio....
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Re: Improve AM/FM Radio Reception

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I had an issue with my 07 last year. There are a couple of antenna cable connections. I disconnected then and cleaned them with scotch bright pad or steel wool. All good now. Easy fix.
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Re: Improve AM/FM Radio Reception

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keithg64 wrote: Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:28 am I had an issue with my 07 last year. There are a couple of antenna cable connections. I disconnected then and cleaned them with scotch bright pad or steel wool. All good now. Easy fix.
Good idea. Oxidized connections can be a real problem with any system.


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