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I’ve read many reviews over the last couple of years but never had the chance to talk to anyone directly who owns one. Seems if you ask about them, noone really wants to talk about it or is very vague..
I know first hand what the SSTran will do using the outdoor antenna. I’ve spent countless hours on the set up and I’ve learned a lot. I totally understand how important the grounding is and it’s more than just a stake in the ground..
I have a ground area built and tested the SSTran on it today. It’s not complete but I’m not going to change anything untill I install the Rangemaster in the same exact spot and do some testing. I plan to see what all of the hype is about first hand. I will post here with the results..
At present, I have 6-400′ radials spread from the base of a wooden platform 20′ in the air connected to 4-8′ ground rods connected togather in a halo fashion at ground level. I have a piece of 4ga. copper wire dropped dead center of the platform to the ground to yet another 8′ ground rod (5 in total) connected to the halo in 4 places at the corner posts of the deck via 4ga. copper wire. The radials are connected to the halo. I have a metal roof just next to the platform that is 14’x46′ that is connected with the ground. I also have a frame that holds my solar panels that is made with aluminum angle that is around 10’x10′ that is connected too. The roof and the framework for the panels are below the antenna/xmtr so it’s acting like an above ground plane. I believe that this amount of ground area gave the SSTran something to work with..
I expect the Rangemaster will be here in a few days. The wait will drive me nuts..