As I have said elsewhere, I love my Pure Marshall Evoke-1XT DAB radio. However, over the last couple of years my experience with it hasn’t been great due to poor radio signal in my house.
With the radio sited next to my bed, every time I moved into a particular spot the signal would drop and the sound cut out. Moving it to the bedside table on the other side of my bed improved things but it’s literally on the other side of the room (I have a big bed and a small room) and I would need to step across the bed to reach it.
If only there was a way to afix an external aerial…
Dear reader, I have had this DAB radio now for 13 years and this week was the first week that I realised I could afix an external aerial to this DAB radio.
I checked the user manual. The diagram showed number 14: “Aerial – F-type connector for the supplied telescopic or other aerial.”
I’m sorry, what?!
… or other aerial?!
I can use another aerial! Oh what rapture!
A quick search for an external DAB-compatible aerial with an F-type connector offered me this Bingfu DAB FM radio antenna with 3 meter extension cable for a bargain £8.99.
Removing the supplied telescopic aerial was simply a matter of carefully unscrewing it with a suitable adjustable spanner.
I then fitted the Bingfu aetial; I didn’t need any of the adapters, it simply screws onto the F-type connector.
Another thing I didn’t realise is that the radio also has a built-in tool for helping you locate the strongest signal for your aerial placement.
One of the menu items is called “Tuning aid”. Scroll through the numbered ranges until you find one that displays a number of blocks; UK stations are in the range 11B to 12D. This meter displays the strength of your signal. The empty box is the threshold above which you will experience a good signal. The aim is to get the dark boxes to move to the right of the threshold.
Simply move your aerial around the room and keep an eye on the meter until you find the best signal. Mine was directly behind my headboard, reaching up to the ceiling.
Something I’ve been focusing on this year is better sleep hygiene. I don’t want to keep reaching for my smartphone during the night or rely on it as my alarm, so having my radio alarm again has been wonderful.
I wish I’d realised this earlier.