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Setting up the Equipment

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Once you have identified the radio station you are going to use in the experiment, turn the radio to the point where you think the reception is best. Make a note of this, by marking the position of the radio.

It is important that for all measurements, the radio is put in the same position, as the sensitivity of the aerial inside the radio depends on this.

If you are using a radio which is tuned by turning a knob, tape the knob in a fixed position (it is best to do this whilst listening to the radio signal you intend to use, to make sure that the knob is fixed at the correct place). Make a note of the frequency.

If you are using a digital tuner (one that is tuned by buttons and has a digital display), simply make a note of the frequency you are using, and make sure that the same frequency is used throughout.

Arrange the cassette recorder so that it will record the radio. On a radio/cassette player, this will usually mean selecting 'radio' before pressing the record buttons.

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31/07/98 Chris Davis