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Well I got my SSTRAN transmitter and that antenna that I mentioned earlier in the mail and decided to set it up in my sunroom and strung my antenna up as high up as I could. Reception? A bit pants,I only managed about 150ft in one direction,if I went at a 45 degree angle the reception was rather iffy. I then tried it with the adjustable antenna and reception was even worse though I think it’s because that I need to repeak the RF output on my transmitter when I hook up that antenna and use it’s matching capability.
Later that night just for the hell of it I hooked it up to my 50-60ft antenna I use for DX’ing and reception tanked some more,guess they weren’t kidding when they said that it was designed for 3 meters and no more,joy. I strung the 3m of wire I got in the antenna tuner and dropped it out of my window and reception was slightly better but still not great.
The next morning I went out to my patio and setup shop by running the 3m antenna into a tree and this time setup a ground and it got quite a bit better. I could get about 110ft out if I walked in a path in which the antenna was in view and about 70ft if it was obscured. Now my ground was a mere stake driven into the ground and connected to the ground wire on the wire antenna that was supplied with my SSTRAN. I then shorted the S7 bridge on the SSTRAN(anyone who has one knows what I mean)and it seemed to work a little bit better with an increase of 20ft or so in range. Next I threw caution to the wind and scrounged up every single piece of scrap wire I had and tossed that big contraption over the highest tree limb I could find and range only increased about another 20ft although the sound quality was a bit better.
So yeah it seems like it works about as well as it’s ever going to with the 3m wire and it seems like i’m simply running out of it’s designed capabilities with a long antenna. But i’m still perplexed with my 200ft range. I know my ground and antenna is a cobjob effort at best. What i’m going to try to do next is:
-Remove all the jumpers regarding RF ground isolation and see if that helps
-Get myself a multimeter that works and repeak the transmitter and try it with and without the antenna tuner
-Try getting that 3m piece of wire out of my window on the second story and have it wrap along the side of my house seeing how my window is next to my second story porch so I can just attach the antenna there for anchorage
-Get myself a ground that doesn’t suck i.e no more wires wrapped around my radiator’s bare metal pipe heading downstairs
-Hope for a miracle
Well it’s a start and i’m not sleeping until I get atleast a mile out.
PS:Also why does it seem that my station gets “wider” across the band the more antenna wire I pile on? Don’t worry,I was getting out no more than 200ft from my house so it did no harm.