How Can You Fix a Broken Radio Antenna?

A broken radio antenna leads to unwanted interference on your favourite radio programme or, worse still, no reception at all.


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Whether you put your car through the carwash without removing the aerial first, or your portable radio antenna has mysteriously broken, there’s no need to spend money on an expensive replacement

According to RAJAR, the radio research organisation, almost 90 per cent of people over the age of 15 listen to radio every week. Over half of them choose to listen via digital radio, often through their digitally enabled television sets.

If you’re having trouble with your digital TV then you need expert advice, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. Companies such as Gloucester TV aerial installation specialists can quickly fix your problems. But if your problem is with an analogue radio aerial, just follow our simple guide to quick and easy DIY repairs.

Aluminium Foil

Simply cut a long strip of aluminium foil from a roll, then wrap it firmly around the break in your antenna. You need the foil to extend as far above and below the break as possible in order to be completely effective. Make sure the foil is one piece, as any breaks could compromise the signal. Also, try to ensure that the foil extends up or down to any telescopic joins in your aerial, as this helps to make the repair more secure.


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Now firmly wrap some duct tape in a spiral around your foil repair. Try to completely cover the area of foil to ensure that it is properly held in place. You may not be able to retract the aerial any more, but you should find that your radio reception is as good as new.

Drinks Can

For a more sturdy and secure repair, you will need an empty drinks can and a very sharp pair of scissors. Carefully cut a strip from the can, in a long, spiral shape. The strip must be wide enough to completely wrap your aerial. Now carefully score a line down the centre of the strip, using a blunt pen, and fold the strip in half lengthways.

Wrap the strip around your aerial and secure it in place with duct tape. The metal provides a continuous path for the signal, leaving you free to enjoy your programme.

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