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The antenna that came with the SSTran kit consists of two pieces of wire soldered to an RCA connector. The white wire goes to the center pin and the black wire is the ground. The SSTran has a built-in PI network. By adjusting dip switches and a ceramic pot allows you peak the voltage to best “match” the antenna and transmitter. Without a workbench of equipment, I just tuned up at night. When the incoming skywave chatter vanished to silence I assumed that I was peaking the antenna as best as I could. Would a loading coil improve the match?
It may not be putting out much smoke but something is radiating because with a battery powered radio you can listen to the signal anywhere in the house loud and clear and for several hundred feet up the street before, like passing through a curtain, the signal just fades into the noise of the band. A very weak signal can be identified (but not listen to) for about a 1/4 of a mile.