reception

Why can't I get radio reception?

Radio

Episode 1481

Darrell from West Hollywood

Darrell is having issues getting radio stations on all three of his radios at home. All he gets is static. Leo says that is odd. He even went into another apartment and tried and the same thing. Leo says it sounds like some sort of signal jamming. What he recommends is contacting KFI's engineering department and report it. The engineer could probably help him figure out what the problem is. But if other radio stations are also a problem, then that sounds like some sort of illegal electronic activity going on.

What's the best government subsidized phone?

Woman on cell phone

Episode 1472

Marla from La Crescenta, CA

Marla wants to know which free government phone has the best reception. The idea behind the so-called "Obama phone" is that everyone needs a mobile phone and the government subsidizes phones for those who can't afford it. But unfortunately, nobody really tests for reception anymore because there's so much congestion out there.

Verizon is the ideal choice for cell coverage in Los Angeles. It will give Marla the best coverage. And Verizon offers Universal LifeLine service here.

How can I improve antenna reception?

Antenna

Episode 1396

Jeremy from Costa Mesa, CA

Jeremy is a cord cutter who uses an indoor over the air antenna to get live broadcast television, but he's not getting very good reception. Scott says like any antenna, his reception will depend on where he can put the antenna. The higher the better, and it's best to have it close to a window. Getting an amplified antenna would be a good idea as well. He should try and put it within line of sight of the broadcast transmitter. The chatroom says to use a signal booster too, but Scott says an amplifier will only amplify the noise if it's not within the range of the channel signal.

Why did my antenna stop getting one of my channels?

Digital TV antenna

Episode 1354

Jill from Los Alamitos, CA

Jill watches TV using an antenna over the roof. Leo says that's the best quality HDTV because it isn't compressed. Suddenly, however, channel 2 (2.1) is missing on her TVs, while her mom still has them. Leo says that Jill is likely on an edge area where it can work, but may not work at other times. She should check out TVFool.com and it will tell her what channels are available in her area. One TV may have a more sensitive tuner than the other, or it could be that less cable is also used, minimizing attenuation.

Should I buy the Google Pixel?

Google Pixel

Episode 1338

Glen from Witchita, KS

Glen is thinking about getting a Google Pixel. How's the signal quality? Leo says that as far as he can tell, it gets great signal reception. But he says that's more due to the carriers, which also add Wi-Fi to calling. So the problems are being solved for coverage. They also use the same radio devices. There's no reason not to get the Pixel, except the price. It's expensive.

How can I get better FM radio reception?

FM Antenna

Episode 1327

Louie from Orange County, CA

Louie wants to know what the key is to get better FM radio reception. Scott says it depends on where he is with respect to the broadcast tower. If there's a good line of sight, then he probably doesn't need much. If it's on his roof, then he's removed the obstruction of his house, which can block the signal. David also says that streaming media boxes usually have FM radios, and they can stream, so that's an option if he has bad reception.

How can I get better Wi-Fi reception?

Wi-Fi

Episode 1146

Brett from Woodbridge, NJ

Brett would like to hardwire his mother's PC so she doesn't have issues with Wi-Fi dropping out. Leo says that it sounds like an issue of distance. Leo had the same problem, so he extended the Wi-Fi with a repeater. He uses an Airport Extreme with Airport Express that automatically extends the range. He'll want to buy the repeater from the same company as the router. He can also try something called Powerline networking.

How can I get better cell coverage?

Episode 973

Julie from Rancho Cucamonga, Ca

Julie gets terrible cell reception in her home. How can she make it better? Leo says the best way is to use a "FemtoCell" or Wireless Network extender. The FemToCell will then use her home internet connection to connect her calls when she's at home. If she contacts the wireless company and tells them she needs a FemToCell for coverage, they'll provide her with the hardware she needs.