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Wow. You know something; I think I just found some good folks around here. 🙂
Thanks so much for your patience guys and please forgive my previous lack thereof…
I’ve been reading a lot of radio boards over the years and saw a LOT of flame wars and many who were ‘high and mighty’ and many who did not get treated fairly and I guess I was a bit unsure chartering into territory where I am definitely not an expert compared to some others and just genuinely wanted help out of frustration.
I totally get the experimentation aspect of this hobby and for the most part, I have been having lots of fun. I guess I just wanted something that worked better than what I had and I will admit…a big part of me thought I was doing something wrong. But now after reading all your posts with sound judgement, I guess I’m not too far off. 300 feet sounds like what I am getting. My station can be heard up until the property line….then it fades very quickly.
Someone had asked about the Procaster I had. I’m not entirely sure what exactly the grounding issue was. As soon as I connected the unit to ground, all I could hear was a very loud hum….so loud, that it washed out the rest of the audio. Now, I know what you’re thinking….get a better ground, right? Well, I did. Pounded a couple of copper ground rods into the ground….same result as the house ground.
I never had this much of a grounding issue with anything else so I figured, and Chez Radio agreed, that it was a faulty TX. However, the silver lining from that ordeal is it led me to buying the SSTRAN. It’s ultimately what I wanted in an exciter anyways because of the ultra-high fidelity audio. The Procaster was purchased primarily because it came with everything ready to rock and roll (including the antenna, which of course, was my biggest concern). However, I am much happier with the audio of the SSTRAN than any other AM TX I’ve ever tinkered with. I just only wish I could throw the signal a bit further….legally.
Looks like I’ll be PMing some of you here. I totally appreciate the help and once again, sorry about the OP.