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Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for asking some excellent questions!
Here are some answers, and a whole bunch of opinions
[color=darkblue:41e2413214]”I’d probably have the transmitter inside located right next to a window”[/color:41e2413214]
Bad idea. Where you’ll want your XMTR is absolutely as close to your antenna as possible. Where that turns out to be depends on a lot of things, but number one, you want to be close to your ANT input.
[color=darkblue:41e2413214]”I live in a relatively poor soil conductivity area with a rating of around 4 according to the map”[/color:41e2413214]
4 ain’t that bad. It will definitely do fine.
[color=darkblue:41e2413214]”which means the radial ground system is out of the question”[/color:41e2413214]
Not necessarily, but more important, everybody benefits from more ground. If you live in a “30” it’s easier to connect to the ground, but more is always better, so do as much as you can, and don’t rule out anything. Ground rods, ground screen, hook it up to everything made of metal within 200 yards, what ever you can do safely.
[color=darkblue:41e2413214]”I managed to find this antenna…” [/color:41e2413214]
Probably not that much help. That’s a plug and play for a person who just needs to get to the next room in the house, not the next block. I’m sure it’s a fine product, but I’m not sure it will help you reach your goal.
[color=darkblue:41e2413214]”I was wondering how well would something like that broadcast”[/color:41e2413214]
No real way to know but to hook it up and find out, there is the reciprocity rule – see next answer, too.
“is the FCC actually capable of zeroing on a signal and saying something to the effect of ‘Oh this signal is far too strong, he must be using an illegal antenna of some sort?'”
Of course. Finding a stationary, AM BCB signal source has been easy since the 1930s. Analyzing its signal characteristics came shortly after. Doing it all with a pocket-sized, GPS enabled, XMTR fingerprinting, battery powered unit is easily possible today. Some people still do it for fun.
Some might say that the best strategy for any experimenter is to not give people a reason to look for you in the first place. That means not interfering with others’ signals, not causing interference to consumer devices and not broadcasting content that makes people want to come looking for you, whatever that might be in your community.
I think the most important thing to remember is to learn as much about the theory as you can, but to experiment with what ever you have at hand – within the bounds of personal safety.
Just try it and see what happens. I slapped together an antenna back in 1999 that really shouldn’t have worked, theoretically, but it did. It was so anti-theoretical that I cut it down and threw it away and put up a theoretically proper antenna – and have yet to regain my anti-theoretical range.
This isn’t chess. It’s great big radio waves being squeezed out of a little tiny antenna, at ridiculously low power levels. Strategy counts for very little, action brings results.
Then come back here and tell us how it went