Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Metro Detroit, Tampa Bay
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The problem with simple dipoles (your wire stretched along the wall) is that they're omnidirectional. They'll pick up multipath, interference from an adjacent-channel station, computer noise, the neighbor's little iPod transmitter.. you name it.
You can run an FMFool.com signal report (your address won't show to anyone but you) and post the link, along with the call letters of the station(s) you're most interested in receiving. From there, we can come up with something.
I still need to read upthread, but if you haven't mentioned the make and model of your attic antenna, that would be helpful.
Yes, if you have a decent VHF antenna in the attic without an FM trap, it should do well in receiving stations, assuming it's pointed in the general direction of the transmitter or the transmitter isn't terribly far away.
It's unlikely your FM tuners have degraded over the years. It's far more likely the world of connected devices and wireless everything has introduced interference that's a bit harder to overcome.
I use a VHF-Hi yagi in the attic, routed through a CM7777 amp with the FM trap off. It feeds every television in the house and a BA HDRadio. It's that HD radio that's jacked into my receiver. This way, I get the digital signal from the station and not the analog. For my situation, the audio quality beats both analog and streaming.
Walking the fine line between jaw-dropping and a plain ol' yawn.