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Will wraping a car radio antenna with bare copper help to amplify the signal?
 

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I tried that once and it didn't help.  {noclue}
 

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I know wrapping an antenna with tin foil helped,but it was an indoor radio.The tinfoilf would probably just fly off if used on a car.
 

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Antennas are tuned to work within a certain frequency range for use with the device it is designed to work with.  I doubt seriously if there is much of anything you can do to boost reception short of the old "FM boosters" or changing the material of the antenna.
 

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Elwenil said:
Antennas are tuned to work within a certain frequency range for use with the device it is designed to work with. I doubt seriously if there is much of anything you can do to boost reception short of the old "FM boosters" or changing the material of the antenna.
The old FM Boosters are pretty decent for bringing in stations you normally can't get, or extending the range of your favorite station ;D

Then again some radios are inherently better at receiving a signal.

The radio in my dad's Caravan (it's a CD/Cassette made by JVC? or maybe it was Jensen?) can pull in my favorite rock station (broadcast right in town) upto roughly 65 miles away.

And the Chrysler AM/FM/8-Track in my Duster can pick up stations i've never even heard of (it could even pull in some stations without an antenna)
 

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Used to have '48 chevy with one antenna stuffed on top of another, about 6 feet long, and sit on hill in eastern montana and listen to koma, oklahoma city.  Boosted power at night and AM travels long way.
 
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