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BC Man: << I am in Oregon which is probably similar to California. I know of at least one part 15 operation getting a good mile or more in California. >>
Ah so… Well, according to the FCC map at…
…Oregon has mostly a ground conductivity of 4 millimhos (not good), with an 8 spot at the northern border and a 5-er at the southern border. Whereas, California has lots of 8 area and even a 15 in a couple of places.
If you have just a 35-foot wire going to one or more ground rods, I don’t believe you have a ground or even a counterpoise (because of the attachment to the ground rods). It appears to be an RF choke to me, i.e., a nothing to RF.
There’s a young lady in the Boston area who has an SSTRAN and a loaded antenna she built. She was trying to find a good ground on the roof of a 45 story building. (I wish she’d contact me and give me a status report. Her email address is in my down computer.)
I suggested connecting wires to all the metal encased devices on the roof — the heating, ventilation, and a/c (HVAC) units. And then tack down the wires with blobs of roofing tar.
For either of you, maybe connecting to an a.c. ground up there would work. That ground radiates all over the building and could probably do the trick. Connect to the socket where your Rangemaster’s wall wart connects.
Bill in SE Texas