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You’re spot on…. You hit the nail right on the head.
That’s exactly why I did the video. I’m a huge fan of SSTRAN, I saw/read many opinions and thoughts on the base loaded antenna, many have heard about others getting great range, but I couldn’t find anything real or concrete on actual installations.
Although I spent 2-3 hours putting the amt3000 together, the time I spent on the antenna and tuning was easily 10 times that. I get good range now but I’ll be the first one to admit, this is not a system I just threw together. Those system probably do exist, this isn’t one of them. I just wanted to show that is was possible.
As a matter of fact, when I first powered the transmitter after assembly (same one in the video), with the wire antenna, it got out to about 75 feet, with great sound.
Then just adding the coil between the RF final and wire antenna increased it to 1000 feet. Then came the copper pipe,then ground rods and finally the radials. Then tuning, testing driving, over and over and over. Range slowly increased after every step.