Originally Posted by Stevegd007
I found the E-450 is notorious for having a crappy AM/FM radio. I changed to a rubber duck like antenna. It helped, but not by much. I just don't use it. Instead I do the USB plug/bluetooth and stream audio from the phone. But a 8 year old radio...might be money ahead getting a new one with bluetooth.
You can buy inexpensive Bluetooth devices that you plug into a cigarette lighter port, then tune your AM dash radio to a certain frequency and it will stream your cell phone via bluetooth to the radio. I got one for 15 bucks to put in my old 1994 Saturn, and now I can stream SiriusXM from my phone to the old radio, as well as use the cell phone hands-free.
My 2010 motorhome has an old Magnadyne in-dash radio, but rather than replace the entire thing I found an old Sirius XM receiver for it, mounted an antenna inside is high as I could, and I don't even use AM or FM. I just stream XM when I'm driving, also when I'm parked. That said, I still can receive AM and FM with it, and I suspect if those went out in the OP's radio, it's just a loose antenna connection.
By the way speaking of Sirius, every time it renews they try to bump my subscription up to over $200, and every single time I go to customer retention and get it cut down to about $55 per year. Every time I talk to them I tell them they need to treat their customers with decency, and not make us play these stupid games every time we have to renew.
This last time if they would not have bumped it down for the motor home subscription I would've just streamed it through my phone, using the subscription in my truck. The reason I want to keep it in the motorhome is some places I camp don't have cell access, so I wouldn't be able to stream it. Like Joshua Tree National Park, with no cell service anywhere in the area, but I could still hear XM through my dash radio with the satellite antenna.