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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Should we hook tv and radio antennas to meat, to improve the signal?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (18834points) November 29th, 2015

I found that when I touch the radio or tv antennas the signal gets clearer. So I was wondering if you can hook up meat steaks or roasts to improve radio and TV reception?

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Jeruba's avatar

I think it’s because you’re tall, @RedDeerGuy1, and not because you’re organic protein. But I’m not too well versed in signal transmission, so it’s only a guess.

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jaytkay's avatar

Yes, it works. If you’ve had a portable AM radio, you know how much you can change the signal with your body.

For a practical solution, you can make some really great antennas for very little money. For example:

DIY TV Antennas

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elbanditoroso's avatar

I think that we all have a steak in the outcome of your research.

Seriously, there are a number of sites on the web that explain the phenomenon. here’s one of several that I read: link

I think that attaching an antenna to a piece of meat would be less effective than attaching to a live human, because of the conductance of the human body, and also the amount of water in the body as well.

Cruiser's avatar

If your car requires a FOB you can increase the range of the FOB by holding it against your skull and pressing the button as you navigate the parking lot.

kritiper's avatar

Yes you can. Be sure to ground them to the stove.

Cosmos's avatar

Basically what you’re doing is grounding the antenna. This improves the signal because transmission sites use the ground to increase the output. It would be better to connect a ground wire to the lower end of your antenna rather than using meat.

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