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Two days ago I build my loading coil. It consisted of enamel coated wire wrapped around a 1.5 inch PVC pipe. After the first 30 turns, I started making tap points at every 10 turns. In all, I had 12 taps. Tonight, I hooked up my antenna (102” CB whip) to my coil and transmitter. Once I found the best tap, I hooked it to it and instantly my very sensitive AM radio picked up the signal crystal clear. My whole house recieved the signal perfectly. I thought the best of this.
Then I went out to drive around the block to see how far my signal reaches. I tuned my car radio to 1490 Khz and out of no where, my signal was gone. Right in front of my house I was able to pick up a tiny bit of my signal mixed with the loud roar of the frequency. I lost my signal completely about 10 feet from my house. How can it work so perfectly inside my house and so badly outside. I live in Scranton, PA and the closest 1490 AM is in Hazleton, PA. (About 30 some miles south.) During the day, I cannot recive this station at all. I am wondering if the scattered bits of noise mixed with the dead air at night is from theat station and if it is drowning out my signal. I also can recieve stations at night from the Binghamton, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and New York City markets if one of them could be reducing my signal.
I was just wondering if you had any ideas based on this.