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The 75 foot range you report is a bit shy of what I would expect with a stock SSTRAN with a wire antenna. This could well be due to the receiver that you are using for your tests. Have you tried a test drive using a car receiver? You should be getting several hundred feet.
The radio I use in the garage is pretty good….but my vehicle is getting about the same range. It starts getting weak at 75 foot. In fact, I think the receiver in my garage is picking up better than my 99 Tahoe.
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You mentioned that you extended your antenna out the window. The exterior materials of your house could have an effect (aluminum siding, stucco). The reason that your range did not change when you grounded the tx. to your PC is because it was already grounded through the audio cables.
I have aluminum siding.
I’m really torn on the base loaded antenna…how important are the ground plane wires. I have VERY LITTLE room behind the garage for the wires since they go on the ground and it’s in a walking path a few feet wide.
Not sure what to do next or which way to turn….but the FM 25 and FM 30 are looking pretty good…I can use my portable mp3 player to pick up fm only.
I”m trying to get my e-mail account working here…somehow my new password didn’t take correctly. I can post…but not check e-mail.