Fading / distortion / foreign interference on AM radio

AM reception can vary a great deal from day to night because of differences in the atmosphere. You may get good, clear reception during the day, but after sunset the signal may be more suspectible to interference. So it can't be prevented entirely.

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What to do

  • Try an alternative frequency for your station, if there is one. You can find out more at BBC AM reception.
  • Try turning your radio around to maximise the signal and minimise the interference.
  • Use FM or digital radio if your station is available there - such frequencies are largely unaffected by these problems. You may also be able to listen online.

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