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I have a Talkinghouse, from inside at my place it goes maybe a few hundred feet downstairs, or upstairs it’s double range, and more range following the power lines by far than over open fields. I taped the wire antenna that came with the transmitter to a PVC tube and stuck it out of a window at the peak of the house, and it did a lot better, getting about half a mile in the car, out to a mile, but that was in static, and not something normal people would probably stay tuned to. That was a hot summer day and the noice was probably higher.
My antenna was still half next to the house and so it wasn’t doing the best it could probably. These antennas should be outside and in a clear open area for sure, for max range.
Commercial transmitters are all about the same power, into the same 10 foot or less antenna, with similar tuners. Despite the claims of manufacturers, there’s not that much difference, it’s marginal at best, in my opinion.
It’s kind of like Alkaline batteries, they can make claims and call them “super!” and Longer Lasting, but tests have shown that al Alakline batteries are about the same capacity, from the dollar store to the major companies that advertise on TV.
That’s my take on it, radio is a an art as well as a science, our thoughts are subjective, so study and test and try out things, even build a kit or from some plans if you’re new and want the lowest cost.