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I also use the talking house external antenna, I am wondering if these are still available new? I cant find them on the Talking house web site, but then I never signed up with them so maybe that information is in their material some place.
I bought my ATU off ebay for $150 with the whip, coax and shipping, hated to spend that much but I have to say the antenna is worth it. Mine came virtually unused, so hate disturb the screws to open it up to see what it is made like inside. Anyway, I have not mounted the antenna yet, but tried temp mounts on an outdoor lawn swing frame, and grounded the antenna ground screw to a nearby water pipe on the house. There was a big jump in signal on the built in meter when connected to a ground attached vrs not attached. I used a heavy grounding strap for a ground cable. I did get about the same range as you when testing so I was impressed for a turn key operation antenna.
My only concern is who weather resistant that plastic box would be in all weather conditions such as -20 to +100 degrees and in all kinds of rain and snow, so after testing I put it all away. I have a few Talking house transmitter models now, the best one is a talking house five, the audio is perfect, but I also found that running an equilizer on the audio input on my lesser model numbers that you can come up with nice sounding audio.
Only complaint on audio I have had is weak bass on some models, but that can be fixed up. Wish I could come up with a schematic, I’m sure audio problems would be an easy fix.
Since I bought the Talking house ATU, I have done a lot of work with loading coils and learned that making a AM part 15 transmitter to work properly is not really rocket science. The talking house ATU does work well though, if they would open up the market on those for hobbyists they could sell a ton of them. Not sure on the legality since they are coax connected by a long lenght of coax, which exceeds the length limits for part 15 AM ( antenna, ground, feedline).
At any rate, I am glad for the surplus market. My transmitters cost about an average of $100 each off ebay, I did get hooked on a couple of real duds, but live and learn, they fit into the trash can with out a problem. Sooner or later the hobby market may be saturated with the Talking house transmitter, price will really drop on ebay, and ill have to make more room for a few extra ones as the price may be too low to pass up!
I was thinking about renting out the transmitters to local realitors, but for the most part those guys are not into this stuff it seems. Ive seen a few around using Talking House though, matter of fact that is what got me fired up on the idea of the AM transmitters, the ones I heard had good range so I jumped on the bandwagon. The automatic tuning for the antenna match really impressed me as well as the push button frequency selection.
I had built several AM transmitters of one type or another in the past, but on all of them, range was horrible, but I didnt know enough about it at the time to use a good loading coil and how to test using field strength meters (if you found one that worked in the BC range). But even with all kinds of technical schools in eletronics”Grandpa Radio Joe”learned more and more, and practice makes perfect !