Radio-Locator Help Page
Radio Station Reception Range
This application finds radio stations in your listening area. It
tries to determine how well you can receive each station from your
location based upon the distance to that station's transmitter, the
transmitter power, and (for FM stations only) the height of the
station's antenna. You must choose one of the following four
- Local Stations Only:
- This will find all of the stations
that have a moderate or stronger signal at your location and which
can be received moderately well or better on most radios.
- Include Distant Stations:
- This will find more distant
stations or stations with weaker signals. Reception of weaker stations
will require a better quality radio receiver or antenna.
- Include Fringe Stations:
- This will find radio
stations that probably cannot be heard from your location without an
aerial-type directional antenna. Many of these "very weak"
stations may not be picked up from your location at all due to local
- Find stations within ____ miles of your location:
will find all of the stations within a specified range. This search
option does not consider the stations' transmitter powers or antenna
heights, only the distances to the stations. The maximum range for
this type of search is 150 miles. If you enter a frequency here, then
the search will only retrieve stations at that frequency, but the
maximum range will be 2500 miles. Also, if you search by frequency
here, a compass bearing will be shown for each station from your
Please note that
there are many different factors that affect reception of a radio
station, including interference from terrain and buildings,
interference from other radio stations, and atmospheric effects. Your
actual results may vary.