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First of all, thanks so very much for your (mostly) kind replies.
(Carl, seriously, back off. You just created a prime example of exactly what I was referring to)
Obviously, I’m frustrated at this point. Therefore, I do sincerely apologize to everyone if the tone of my original post came across as too negative. I’ve seen far too many in this hobby get shunned or told off because of the ‘you’re not a guru like me, so get lost’ mean-spirited type of stuff that goes on these boards.
However, I have NO issue whatsoever admitting that perhaps I could have been a bit more diplomatic with my question. It was late, I was tired and it didn’t seem harsh at all at the time. Again, my apologies.
Anyways, I’ve tried several solutions. I have no problem soldering together and building a transmitter and I’ve setup plenty of FM antennas of various types using different types of polarization. But to get me to build a proper type 15 AM antenna? LOL…You got me! I’m almost embarrassed to admit it, but I just haven’t had any luck with any setup that worked properly or efficiently.
I’ve owned a Procaster (same concept as the Rangemaster) and that did not work out. For some reason, the grounding just didn’t work. Chez Radio was very good about support and troubleshooting. In the end, it was determined that the TX was faulty and I just took the refund. After all, I really wanted to build my own TX and the SSTRAN was one I wanted to build, so I decided to go that route and keep the money in my pocket. I have a Talking House Transmitter as well; however, I’ve read that the ATU can only be used with the unit it was designed for. I also have an Isotron sitting in my garage in two pieces because I was never able to get a good match and I don’t want to really mess with the coil.
So, I am a technical guy to a degree and I understand basic concepts and theories. However, I’m not an engineer in anyway and I didn’t go to school for any of this.
That’s my situation. So, to answer Carl’s question:
“1580 called himself a hobbyist.
But then this…
“I don’t want schematics, I don’t want ‘plans’ or ‘ideas’ or ‘illustrations’ and I don’t want to have to source certain parts from a hardware or electronics supply store should there be someone that makes these things. I want an all-out, out-of-box solution shipped to the door.”
That begs the question, what is your hobby?
Perhaps maybe it’s because I’ve tried working with that stuff already? Had you even considered that angle? No, because jumping down my throat seemed more appropriate to you.
My hobby is to get an AM station on the air with a properly matched antenna to maximize signal strength and range using legal power and have some fun broadcasting. What’s yours?
Yes, I would be using the SSTran AMT3000 as my transmitter of choice. Great sounding transmitter.