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The range I get is only when conditions are at their best. Decent weather, mid-day (no skywave) and with a very sensitive receiver.
To put it in perpective, the handheld I use in the video loses the signal about 1/4 mile away when in the car, but receives it to about 3/4 mile when outside the car.
One of my fellow antique radio collectors is 1.25 miles away and he can receive it quite clear, but he also has a wire antenna strung between 2 trees. And sometimes my signal is a bit better during light rain. I assume it’s because the wet ground helps.
And when skywave sets in, forget it. Even in the car, past 1/2 mile I get overrun by a sports station in Omaha !!! (and I’m in Quebec, Canada)
BTW: Anyone else notice how much smaller the ‘skywave free’ window gets in the winter ? During the summer, the airwaves clear up within a hour after sun up, until about an hour before sunset. But in the winter, the effect last a few hours after daybreak until a few hours before sunset, like the days are not short enough already.
Maybe it’s because I’m farther up north and the sun never gets up high in the sky. The angle the sun hits that ozone layer might have something to do with it.