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Radio reception hints from the engineer

I'm often asked by people "how do I get a better signal on KVMR".  Unfortunately, there's not always an easy answer to this question.  There are two factors that affect reception:  signal strength and interference.  If a desired signal is very strong then reception is almost never a problem.  If the desired signal is weak you can usually make it stronger with a good antenna.  But FM signals in the Sierras are almost never "very strong".  This is due to the terrain we live in.  So there is almost always some interference.  The most common sources are:

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