Overcast skies and fm tuners...

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  1. rudedogg

    rudedogg AK Member Subscriber

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    question for tuner enthusiasts. Why do my stereo tuners seem to sound better during overcast weather days? Am I really hearing a difference or am I just goofy?
     
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  2. NAD80

    NAD80 Super Member

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    Bet the signal hugs the ground better. Boosting the S/N ratio, with higher signal strength. Just my guess.
     
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  3. Nick_G

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    Maybe because the overcast weather indicates a temperature inversion which would produce tropo? I see the OP's location is near the Great Lakes, and these can be subject to tropo, particularly if they are still quite cold and warm air is going over them.
     
  4. rudedogg

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    Ok, I took a few minutes this morning to search the web. Yep! Signal IS stronger on cloudy days because the radio waves bounce off the bottoms of the clouds instead of dispersing more. You guys are correct, and I am not nuts! Lol
     
  5. Blue Shadow

    Blue Shadow I gotta get me a new title

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    That is a big leap there, don't you think? You're here on AK, that's gotta score a good bit in the nuts department no matter what you seem to think about FM reception and cloudy days.

    On calm, heavy cloud covered nights the tuner I use seems to do a better job of grabbing the stations.
     
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  6. rudedogg

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    Lol, you may be on to something there...the fact that I have a half dozen tuners does not help my chances either huh?
     

     

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  7. Blue Shadow

    Blue Shadow I gotta get me a new title

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    I think that is about what I have as just separate tuners, too.
     
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  8. the skipper

    the skipper Amateur Curmudgeon Subscriber

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    Having worked tropo scatter in the air force I say say from experience that an overcast day will improve FM signal reception. But, this doesn't mean that you aren't crazy. You might want to consult other sources form that.
     
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  9. musichal

    musichal poet emeritus Subscriber

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    I think we're all bozos on this bus.
     
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