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BC Man… There’s something else I forgot to mention. Based upon where you told Daddy G your transmitter site is, I determined from the FCC map that your ground conductivity is 4 millimhos.
My ground conductivity is at least four times that and I’m hoping for only a half mile range. Of course, it could be greater. I hope so, but I’m not planning on it.
I was planning to get a Rangemaster but, after adding the price of a compressor/limiter, too, the cost was getting beyond my budget. Happily, I accidentally clicked on the SSTRAN site and read something I hadn’t noticed during previous reads, that the SSTRAN had a compressor/limiter. So I bought it — and got the needed combo for less than ten percent of what I had originally planned.
I want to get on the air something that is new to me and requires good fortune, too. For that kind of speculation, I really don’t want to spend more than a $1000 for such limited coverage. I can always upgrade later.
The Rangemaster has a good rep for what it is. It does get good range when used in TIS and sales service. Both of those installations are usually on metal supports with a large surface area and buried deep in the ground. A successful AM microbroadcaster has his mounted on, and grounded to, what looks like a Rhon (lattice) mast.
I think Hamilton should ask potential customers what the transmitter will be used for as well and how and where.
Bill in SE Texas