AM broadcast antennas are divided into two main categories based on the direction of their reception pattern. Omnidirectional antennas receive radio transmissions from multiple directions, while directional antennas primarily receive transmissions from a particular direction.
Users should consider the amount and type of coverage required when choosing which kind of antenna to install. A directional broadcast antenna works best for situations in need of angular or precise line-of-sight coverage such as PA systems installed in hallways or long corridors. For situations requiring thorough or long-range coverage such as broadcast stations, radio masts or radio towers, omnidirectional antennas are the ideal choice.