Horatio Caine posted an update 1 month, 2 weeks ago
@mark I moved the Procaster in the house and tuned it to 1560. What length of antenna wire should be used. Got plenty of #13 Gage Copper Wire and a alligator ciip from the hardware store.
Hi, sorry I am days late to comment as I don’t check this area of the site too often….maybe I should although this question is good for the forum as it is informative for others and the forum needs some activity.
The ideal length is to measure 3 meters exactly and then cut about about 8″ off the 3 meter(9.8ft) length.
The Procaster comes with a stock 104″ antenna so not much more than that is needed as the loading coil is tuned for that length.
Experiment with different shapes also and you’ll see the tuning different with different shapes.
Any open space between 1600 and 1690?
Also I’m sorry I had to take a sentence from your post where you said to ignore the FCC and not to worry about the ground lead as they don’t have the resources to bother with you…to Phil.
I want to be one of the guys and be as lenient as possible but still have to do a job as moderator. I try my best to balance the two. If I have to moderate a post I will always explain why.
Hi Mark! Hope you’re doing O.K up there! I’m using my Smartphone to reply back to you. I may need to send a email address off here to show you the idea I have. I have a nice, kind of new storage building to put the Procaster in. To send audio to the Procaster from the studio in my house, C.Crane makes a Part 15, 50 milliwatt FM Transmitter that the signal won’t get out of my back yard. The C. Crane FM Transmitter will be in the house. You can check it out on their website. It is very legal to use this 50 milliwatt FM Transmitter. A FM radio will feed the Procaster it’s audio from the C. Crane 50 milliwatt transmitter. I can put the Procaster in the Storge Building with a wire cut to the right length and move back up to 1660. Between 1610 and 1700 is clear around hear. I would post the pictures of the Storage Building for all to see on here, but for some reason, this website isn’t letting me. Perhaps I need to go to the Procaster Forum, pick the Procaster Forum and post there. I know Engineers with iHeart and Cumulus. also my contract engineer. I was thinking, why bother with a using the ground lug if I put the Procaster in the Storage Building in the backyard? Antenna will be inside the building like yours is. I want to send you outside and inside pictures of the building. I’m gonna work on it a little today.
This forum will let you post pictures as you see I did and they are bigger than the max size. You have to wait about 3 minutes for it to load but it will. Where you post on the forum you have the icons to add file/image. You just can’t add pictures here off the forum. But this discussion with your procaster set up is good on the forum as it’s of interest to others also and they can weigh in also.
I would suggest 1630 or 1620 or even 1610 if good with no station on each side as any radio that’s analog tuning will get there even if marked only to 1600 without the expanded band.
Older radios may not get to 1660 but the 1600 to 1700 is best for range.
The storage shed you are putting the transmitter in isn’t a metal building I hope!
Wood or plastic or brick?
Just trying to picture how you are getting audio to the transmitter with the CCrane and an FM radio as the Procaster needs a direct wired connection to the terminal block?
Again, posting your set up would be good on the forum so all can see. Does the storage building have power or are you getting power from the house? If so the audio gets there through the same 4 conductor cable.
Sorry I’m late here. My Building is a Wooden Built Building I bought almost three years ago. It’s real nice. I tried the antenna wire inside. I found that letting the wire hang from the ceiling of the Storage Building works best, however, the range didn’t improve much. Where I live from 1610 to 1700, it clear, nothing on any of them channels. I have a good Sony ICF-24 that is pretty sensitive, maybe not as good as a GE Super Radio, I’ve never owned or played with one of them. My Sony ICF-24 goes to 1700. My wife’s 2006 Mustang has a Kenwood Car Stereo Radio in it. That was is very sensitive on AM and sounds very good. It was in the car when we bought it used. It goes to 1700. All my radios make it to 1700 except my Tucson PL-310, and it only makes it to 1620. The Tucson let’s you pick a bandwidth, but it stops at 6 Kc. and the audio isn’t that great. My wife won’t let me bury cable out in the backyard to the Storage Building. The only other way I could audio out there is WiFi, the router in the house has a signal that makes it very well to the Storage Building. Perhaps I could use a used Smartphone and use it to pick up my Streaming Online audio and it would feed the Procaster. I can put my audio processor between the audio output plug of the Smartphone, to the audio processor, then to the Procaster.
Sounds good. But I still don’t know how you get audio(or power) to the Procaster any other way than direct wired?
Guess the smartphone audio from the headphone jack on the smartphone would work but what about power?
If you have power in the storage building and it doesn’t leak in the rain you could just have the whole thing out there.
Although I don’t know how winter temperatures would affect the processor or a laptop computer, if it’s cold where you are.
The thin 4 conductor wire that could go from the studio interface to get power and audio to the Procaster could be very inconspicuous, not seen at all.
Smartphone would need charging all the time….constant downtime from broadcasting.
When you get it set up and working let me/us know and post some pictures!