Why do radio stations come in better when you stand near the radio?

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Offline norcalclimber

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Whenever I am adjusting the antenna on my radio, it comes in perfect when I am either touching the antenna or standing near the radio; touching the antenna makes some sense, as I could imagine how the human body could work as an antenna of sorts; but why does it come in better as soon as I stand near it without even touching it?


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We had this same question a few months ago. You get loads of reflections in a room and off people. If you are lucky they reinforce the signal.

Actually, if the antenna is well matched and positioned, touching it can reduce the signal. Mostly this is not the case, so you can improve the signal.