lousy AM reception

98 C280, my AM reception on this as well as on my previous MB's is just bad. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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I'm yet to find anything with good AM reception

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Some models have an antenna amplifier. These sometimes have corroded grounds that cause poor reception. The fix is to either replace the amp or solder a (additional) ground wire to the copper rivets.
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Let somebody explain to me (Europe) about your (US) fascination about AM band, and their limited bandwith, poor and full of noise sound quality... This is not a first time I read about this. Here in Europe an Amplitude Modulation band is right for technical museum :-)
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lule_220 wrote:

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that's easy. AM works great at night .... when everyone does their cruising
cheers, guenter

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It's not a fascination but rather pragmatism - try driving in, say, west Texas or Wyoming, places where the choice is all of three or four FM stations, and scratchy AM is a welcome addition. Then there are the sports fans who want to listen to "their team" play and the politicos who want to be reassured of their opinions by talk radio etc.
One gets spoiled by choice in large metropolitan areas, it's not that way in the large open spaces.
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Europe licenses for AM stations were very inexpensive in the US. They were purchased by (for the media world) marginals, kooks and a few corporations. What came out of this was an interesting mix of Kook radio, ethnic radio and eclectic programming which persists to this day. FM stations were all corporatized and now for the most now offer bland computerized playlists. FM radio is like going to the Mall and AM is like going to the Flea Market (peoples market or bazaar). Interestingly AM radio licenses are now very dear. Purchasing one 20 years ago might have been a very shrewd investment. Howard
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regards
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In the 80's when AM was put in the technical museum in Europe licenses for AM stations were very inexpensive in the US _________________________________________ AM licenses were never "inexpensive" especially in major markets. As FM became the major medium for music formats AM locked in on talk and sports. If you want to listen to baseball, football, etc you are pretty much going to be using AM...with the exception of some sports now being available on XM and Sirius, the satellite stations. And when traveling the US mountain west there are many many miles of highway where your only signal will be AM. The FCC has been making very low power limited coverage AM frequencies avaialble...and granted some of these may have been purchased by "kooks" as you say, But the price of a radio station, be it AM or FM, has always been determined by just one thing.....cash flow and profitability. No matter what format, if it makes a lot of $$$ you can bet the price will be high. And in the larger markets even if the station is not doing well the license is still going to be pretty pricey as someone will buy it and hope to put a format on the air that makes the big bucks.....
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my 98 slk has the worst am reception of any car ive owned
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