Why do people put taters (potatoes) o...
Sick to my stomach

United States

#21 Oct 26, 2009
did this before , I am telling you it helps with reception
hillbilly

Dunlap, TN

#22 Oct 26, 2009
i am going to experiment with the potato,,i am always fooling around with things like this,,,you would be surprised what you can learn,,i am still trying to figure out how,a guy used a wireless card in a lap top,to hack computers over 50 mile away..you can simple wrap a clean copper wire around card.and add 18 inch clean copper to antenna on receiver to get pretty good range.but how could of he got 50 mile..by the way keep your old tv sets.useing regular antenna.in a couple years or so,you will have a reciver that will pick up most cell phone calls.
funny

Dunlap, TN

#23 Oct 27, 2009
hillbilly wrote:
i am going to experiment with the potato,,i am always fooling around with things like this,,,you would be surprised what you can learn,,i am still trying to figure out how,a guy used a wireless card in a lap top,to hack computers over 50 mile away..you can simple wrap a clean copper wire around card.and add 18 inch clean copper to antenna on receiver to get pretty good range.but how could of he got 50 mile..by the way keep your old tv sets.useing regular antenna.in a couple years or so,you will have a reciver that will pick up most cell phone calls.
okay.. if you tune in Tokyo let us know, oops wait thats another experiment!.;)
river rambler

Dunlap, TN

#24 Oct 27, 2009
While it is true that potatoes will help with radio reception, back in the late sixties and early seventies, when an antenna was broken off, it was common place to stob a potatoe onto what was left. As far as a wireless card picking up fifty miles away, it all has to do with radio waves. On a good day of clear weather a half watt raido can transmitt from Alaska to Hawaii. There was nothing to interfer with the radio waves. the same would be true with wireless devices, if nothing blocks the signal, it can be picked up over long distances. the larger the antenna, the better the recieption.
hillbilly

Dunlap, TN

#25 Oct 27, 2009
funny wrote:
<quoted text>okay.. if you tune in Tokyo let us know, oops wait thats another experiment!.;)
i was playing around fixing a old tube type radio,replacing tubes with old tubes i had laying around,,when i was done that radio would pick up stations,from all around the world.but would not pick up any local stations..
hillbilly

Dunlap, TN

#26 Oct 27, 2009
river rambler wrote:
While it is true that potatoes will help with radio reception, back in the late sixties and early seventies, when an antenna was broken off, it was common place to stob a potatoe onto what was left. As far as a wireless card picking up fifty miles away, it all has to do with radio waves. On a good day of clear weather a half watt raido can transmitt from Alaska to Hawaii. There was nothing to interfer with the radio waves. the same would be true with wireless devices, if nothing blocks the signal, it can be picked up over long distances. the larger the antenna, the better the recieption.
yes at a half watt that could happen,at a high signal wave,,but a wireless card is at,802.11g,,the f.a.a. limits it to less than watts.matter of fact home network cards,are at 455gh,same as a good quality phone.my phone can operate about 200 ft,,my drive way alarm about 600 ft..both at same frequency..i am playing around with X10 alarm system,,it transmits thru the dead time on your regular house wiring,,only thing is it is a wireless alarm,,the kind most people use now days,,which is about useless,because a burglar can by a scanner of the net for 129 dollars,stand by your keypad,scan alarm.find freq.and shut alarm off..a wireless alarm is about useless..but x10 is the only way i have found to connect 2 buildings,that are over 500 ft. apart..well it really will not work sending factory signal at 1 volt.FAA limits,but i am going to boost it to around 10 volts..it works by sending signal down power line between 60 cyle phass on normal house wireing.
OBSERVER

Chattanooga, TN

#27 Oct 27, 2009
OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!! IT WORKS!!!!!!! JUST TRIED IT but now i may have cheated a little, i got me a freshly dug sweettater and i did NOT put it on my car intenna (not ready to go there YET) but i have and f.m. radio in the basement and every time you walk by it it fades out. SOOOOOO being the self proclaimed genius that i am i spotted the sweettaters just dug this weekend i dug me out a small hole stuck that baby on the end ot the intenna and Wewww whoooooooo sounds like surround sound now. Wonder how long before it starts skinky????
OBSERVER

Chattanooga, TN

#28 Oct 27, 2009
Hang on maybe not such good ideal, my sweettater is making a sizzling sound. hey i like baked sweettaters. DINNER TOO???
hillbilly

Dunlap, TN

#29 Oct 27, 2009
hook that FM radio to a outside TV antenna,be surprised how many stations you can pick up..but if you going to listen to far away stations,its got to be on am..my favorite is wwl New Orleans.com es in clear after midnight when it goes 50 thousand watt.
silly

Dunlap, TN

#30 Oct 27, 2009
it will help the radio pick up better because ive done it
Karnak

United States

#31 Oct 29, 2009
Tater Haters!
let me know

Dunlap, TN

#32 Oct 29, 2009
????
Mike3559

Calhoun City, MS

#33 Nov 3, 2011
I've done this back in the 50s when a car antenna broke off and just the stub at the base remained. The potato (white tater is best) increased signal strength of the station to which you are listening.
The starch of the potato acts as an antenna booster.
Last about a week them you have to change out the potato. Want fries with that?
funny

Bakewell, TN

#34 Nov 3, 2011
lol..thats how they invented Mr. Potato head...used it on a hearing aid to improve reception but it only improved his looks....&#9786;
WHAT

Cleveland, TN

#35 Nov 3, 2011
WHAAAT?
msdix

Antioch, TN

#36 Feb 23, 2012
I drove for years with a potato on my car antenna. The original antenna was broke off down to the nub. You put a potato over it and you will get the radio reception. It works like a charm. When the potato gets all shrunken and nasty, replace with a nice firm one and you are back in biz for another few weeks. Don't knock it until you try it.!

Since: Feb 12

Location hidden

#37 Feb 29, 2012
This is lies. Doing this is code for drug dealers. They did it all the time in Florida!
chandler

Huntersville, NC

#38 Jul 14, 2012
potatoes are mostly made of water, which is a conductor that simply increases radio reception. Idaho cooking potatoes are best. I've never tried this but as I understand this is why people do this. My question would be, how bad of a reception do you have that you need a potato on your antenna?
Spud

Dunlap, TN

#39 Jul 14, 2012
They are roasting them.
linc

Teneriffe, Australia

#40 Jul 21, 2013
The acid in a potato is actually an attractant for RF sign and will give about 6 db gain on most signals dvt and radio and tv uhf so they may not be as silly as some are suggesting it also works with oranges and most acidic fruit

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