Troubleshooting MW/LW reception

MW/LW Radio reception problems can often be difficult to diagnose because reception can vary depending on where you live and the time of day. However, checking to see if the local transmitter is operating correctly is a good first step.

From experience If you are experiencing a hissing noise or fading of the signal it may be a reception problem.


Basic Installation

It is important to check your installation is fully working and that your radio is in the best possible location.

Transmitter faults

By using our transmitter tool, you can check what MW/LW radio services are available at your location. It will also show you any transmitter faults. 


AM reception can vary a great deal from day to night because of differences in the atmosphere. You may get good, clear reception during the day, but after sunset the signal may fade or become distorted. This is why you can often hear radio stations from outside the UK at night. 

Buzzing, clicking and pops

This may mean an electrical item in your home, or nearby, is interfering with your MW/LW radio. This is causing the buzzing, clicking or pops sounds you can hear.