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Thanks for the note, Jason.
I ordered the assembled radio a few days ago. I was initially a little skittish, as I had not received an order confirmation. I did receive an email from Ryan yesterday stating the radio would be mailed within a week.
I won’t ask to have it modified for the base loaded antenna. I’d like to try it out with the wire antenna first. I do, however, plan on using a base loaded antenna as described by the plans on the SSTRAN site.
I am very excited about broadcasting. I’m not sure why, as I don’t really have any ideas about what to broadcast, other than things like what you suggested in other posts. I have no desire to put my own voice on the air. I used to be a ham, and maybe this is a way to ease back into the radio hobby.
I have bought some materials to start constructing the coil. I’ve priced out some of the major components, and it seems like it may cost over $100 to build this antenna. For example, a 10′ section of 1/2″ copper pipe is around $30. A 10′ section of 1 1/2″ rigid metal conduit as a mast is about $40. A waterproof box is around $20-$30.
In any case, I think time and money spent up front will be well invested with a return of high quality in the finished product.
My idea is to mount it with the transmitter box at eaves level on my house. This will get it up about 20′ in the air. Since the mast will near the house, I can’t use radials. I’ll probably drive 4 or 5 grounding rods into the ground next to it. That will be about another $20. I could probably save some money if I mounted a smaller mast to the side of the house and just ran the ground lead, audio and power cables down the side of the house. Does anyone know the right way to mount a mast to the side of a house?
I know some interpret the rules as not counting the ground lead as a radiator. I wonder if one could use shielded coaxial cable as a ground lead. If any signal were in the ground lead, then it couldn’t escape the coax, right?
Let us know how your signal gets out after you attach the new antenna.
Soon to be on the air in Omaha, Nebraska