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I hope this is on topic for your post.
When I was in college, I worked for a carrier current campus radio station. This station had a transmitter in each campus dorm and they were connected to the studio by leased phone lines…very $$$. We had little money to spare, and needed a new transmitter for a new dorm. I built one from scratch using plans in an ARRL handbook. This unit was a vacuum tube unit and the final input power was 20 watts. Because it had to load into the building power lines, it had a huge coil and capacitor and could load into about anything.
I was in a co-op engineering program where I was at work 3 months and at school 3 months. I built this on work section, and decided to try it out at my parents’ home where I lived. I set it up in the back yard, strung about 20 feet of wire for an aerial (a lawyer friend of mine says “bugs have antennas and radios have aerials”), and had no ground. It loaded ok, but the range at full power was just about 1/2 mile on my pocket sized radio. I think this shows the importance of a good antenna and ground.
Back then, we didn’t worry about field strength measurements, etc. All you needed to do was check that the range outside the buildings was limited and that the transmitter signal was clean. This was easy. If you had limited range and clean signals all was OK. Not necessarily Part15 compliant, but OK. An experienced tech (me) could set the transmitters without a scope. Just used a VOM and a radio. Even the licensed campus FM station would help us with remotes and let us use their record library. For those who might know the name, Myron Bennett was very nice to work with.
I got too busy with studies, work, and girls to keep working at the station. After I left, some genius decided to string a wire from one football field light post to another and connect the TX to this. Boy did they get out! They got out so well that the FCC monitoring station some 50 miles distant heard them and shut them down, carrier current and all.
After much groveling they were allowed to restart the carrier current operation. As far as I know, this station still operates today at 800KHz. on campus.
Something to consider: If Ebacherville has a school, you might consider operating a P15 station on their site. The rules are different in this situation. If it is a large campus, the field strength limits at the borders apply and not the antenna and power limits. If you get the legal field strength at the borders, it is certainly going to give you more range than the field strength limit for the rest of us which is measured at 30 meters.
Just some memories and random thoughts for you.