Gave this a whirl on the Magnum Dynalab / Yagi 9 element / 40’ tower/rotor – the location on the dial doesn’t give it much wiggle room, a precise analog tuner is a must here - signal strength bordered 10 on the RF meter and rotor was not used – spent 30 minutes this morning with Mary Jo and Ken in stereo mode, the signal never drifted and sideband interference was never an issue although, it was cutting out pretty regular – once tweaking Blend/Mute/I.F. on the Dynalab it was never an issue.
In conclusion, acceptable reception from digital tuning low/mid priced tuners may be problematic – a good outdoor antenna should have first consideration, some digital tuners may not lock on even with antennas, analog tuning is my preference – priority/budget will determine your results.
Mary Jo and Ken ???
Vynil, that Magnum Dynalab, wasn't that a Canadian tuner? I remember it got a lot of great reviews.
I had a 6 element FM beam atop a 48ft Delhi heavy duty ham tower that had other stuff on it for ham radio, plus a 220MHz repeater antenna...
From Dundas, below the escarpment, using 300 ohm sheilded twinlead, and a Sansui TU-9900 tuner, I could get WOMC detroit, 104.3. As you folks know from Toronto, CHUM-FM is 104.5. Not bad eh? Best DX, 1981, a large swath of Southern Ontario, Pensilvania (sp?), NY state got ZBM from Hamilton, Burmuda. Got a complete newscast on Cassette of that station that day. Great Sporadic-E opening. Have also heard Pompano Beach FL, Dalas Tx etc.
When you're between stations geographically, a directional antenna is the only way to go. As boomboxes don't have proper antenna jacks, it's heard to get a directional antenna connected. Some tuners are actually quite good, but suffer other design flaws. Earphone jacks often let stray FM signals in as well as the whip antenna, thus generating multi-path effects. Sometimes the plastic housing lets in FM directly, (ingress), thus causing other untold problems, sometimes the power supply my not filter out radio signals, and that simply adds to the problem. All these things can add up to a really good tuner design going out the window if other parts of the system aren't designed properly.
Now... back to wishing I had a McIntosh MR-80 so I can get all those out of town signals local broadcasters keep complaining about. Thing is, all the locals are on the opposite side of the apartment building. 100% multi-path on all of them except WIVB 94.7 20Kw just a quarter a mile away.
Can we say severe front-end overload effects?