- August 30, 2018 at 6:01 am #106134
Received an email yesterday from ISS. The long awaited ATU is not too far away. Going through testing now.
- October 20, 2018 at 1:01 pm #106953
If you have more news about this ATU, by when it will be available and where, please let me know.
- October 20, 2018 at 2:24 pm #106978
- October 21, 2018 at 3:41 pm #106987
I know its called the RAT 1.0 but not too sure of what (if any) improvements this antenna tuner will have compared with the old one.
- October 21, 2018 at 8:48 pm #106993
Thank you. I guess we have to wait and see what the end product looks like. I requested to put my name on the list.
- November 29, 2018 at 9:32 am #107560
Just pre-ordered ours after receiving the alert from Bill Baker:
“You are on an exclusive list of people registered to be first in line to receive information on the new R.A.T. 1.0 Remote Antenna & Tuner, which will extend the outdoor range of the i A.M. Radio / Talking House Transmitter to a half-mile or more via standard RG6 Coaxial Cable. We anticipate releasing the product in the first quarter of 2019 and will be entering the production phase soon.
Please call me at 616-772-2300 (extension 102) before December 15th to activate this offer. Thanks.”
- This reply was modified 1 week, 5 days ago by spareparts.
- November 29, 2018 at 2:25 pm #107568
Getting Ready to Join the Proud New Owners of the R.A.T.1.0
Thanks to spareparts for the good news that the Antenna Tuner is coming out.
What do we know about this technology as of now?
What I recall from a previous ATU is that the transmitter can be kept safely indoors while the Tuning Unit and Antenna can be outdoors at the other end of a shielded coaxial cable.
Mister spare, how do you intend to set yours up?
- November 29, 2018 at 2:27 pm #107570
As close to what passes for an antenna as I can!
- November 29, 2018 at 3:14 pm #107572
If you can get your antenna up as high as possible you’ll get more range. Another Church Part 15 station from the Facebook Group Part 15 AM And FM Broadcasting put theirs inside a church steeple (No Ground Lead) more than 30 feet up and got 3 miles to a Tecsun PL-880 Radio.
So height equals might on AM as well. I’m sure the new R.A.T 1.0 will reach more than 1/2 mile unless your receiving it with an Emerson Radio or K-Mart blue light special.
- November 29, 2018 at 8:57 pm #107576
<p>Hi,</p><p>I’m living in a security complex, I wonder what the size of the antenna would be – I think it is a vertical construction? Height is another problem..</p><p>Regards </p><p> </p>
- November 29, 2018 at 11:20 pm #107578
I’m thinking its a 102 inch CB whip antenna mounted on top of the ATU.
Put it like this it can’t be above 10Ft this we do know. But you can place the ATU with the antenna up in a high place since you can connect RG6 coax cable to the unit.
Rather or not they give you coax is unknown but you can order about at least 25Ft of the stuff and I thik it only cost me $12 for quad shielded cable. If you order more than 25Ft your going to start to lose power before it gets to the antenna however you may get away with 50 Ft of it. Now your talking some good range.
- November 30, 2018 at 8:56 am #107584
What We Know So Far
Peet brought up a significant point: “I think it is a vertical construction.”
That’s what I expect also. From what I have heard AM antennas are almost always vertical so that they will send in all directions, but sometimes stations have used horizontal antennas for special reasons, but horizontal antennas are directional.
A recent edition of This Week in Radio Tech, the weekly radio program, talked about emergency antennas that were set up temporarily following Hurricane Michael in Florida which knocked down a lot of radio towers. One station used wooden poles to erect an “inverted L” antenna, which is part vertical and part horizontal.
Getting back to the R.A.T.1.0 Antenna Tuning Unit, is there any reason to use one indoors? I would think it is only advantageous if used outdoors.
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