Mark started the topic Procaster range indoors with wire taped to wall/no ground. in the forum General Discussion 5 months, 2 weeks ago
For Horatio Caine
From indoors. 22 gauge wire 3 meters exactly/no ground lead, antenna clipped to antenna post.
My house is marked.
Also experimented with different configurations of the wire on the wall and found that just having it straight isn’t best. looping it or trying shapes affects how well it works.
The lines indicate where signal is weak…[Read more]
I posted my accurate daytime range with my Procaster indoors with no physical ground connected and the antenna 3 meters exactly clipped to the antenna lug. It sure surprised me how it worked. Here’s the map for you to see. Well here I can’t post the picture but I will post again for you to see on the forum.
If you don’t believe it I will post…[Read more]
Oh also, the only way to have truly no ground is to run the Procaster on a 12 volt battery and a wired plug for the jack on the studio part, and a laptop running on the battery. No other processing.
I have yet to try that and see if it makes a difference in performance.
Agree Tim, about the digital. I don’t care one way or another as long as the band isn’t scrapped and end part 15 and it’s Canadian equivalent.
I think I mentioned before but I use the Procaster and get out nicely to the neighborhood just with a 22 gauge wire exactly 3 meters clipped to the antenna post indoors and no ground, nothing else…[Read more]
Picked up this 1970s Sony radio in mint shape. Model ICF-9550. Made in the mid 70s when radios like this were made with good AM reception and sound unlike the radios of now. Doesn’t sound muffled at all. And these things lasted forever.
Will be switching my station back to 1500 from 1630 with a miniscule loss in range to be received on all radios.…[Read more]
It’s not bad enough to be a constant tone but sounds like a singer with vibrato like an opera singer.
The Procaster has a fine frequency adjust plus or minus 10 hz but am waiting for a new frequency counter to actually see what I am doing. I know the crystal used has a tolerance of plus or minus 50 PPM which is how crystal tolerance is stated and…[Read more]
Anyone experience “beating” between your station and another at night when the skywave kicks in and one or more stations are coming in along with yours, especially when you go a little way from your transmitter so the other station(s) are in the background?
Mark started the topic Reply to Artisan on the article I posted about newbees to hobby radio in the forum General Discussion 7 months, 1 week ago
Started a new thread as this is a change of subject,
Wanted to post a reply to Artisan’s comment about my post regarding a good article for new people to part 15 here on the forum as it may be informative to some.
He brings up a good point about operating with no ground and still getting great range.
He suggested that the “ground” could be being…[Read more]
Agree 100% with Tim.
Worry more about the surge in the power supply.
The surge protector you use for your power to the Procaster, computer and any processing gear should not just have a light that tells you if the surge protection is working but if the surge protection is compromised the power bar should shut down instantly cutting power to your…[Read more]
Seems if more attractive things around like trees you lessen the risk also.
To get up and running, from the middle to late Sept. to middle of May in the northern half of the USA and Canada thunderstorm season is past so just set up and go and worry about it next spring after April.
Here’s a good article
A bit about lightning here. It says that lightning will strike from cloud to earth and look for the easiest path to earth. So don’t understand how the transmitter mounted on the ground with a metal stake deep in the ground will be protected? You have…[Read more]
Post 3 on this.
Ask Timinbovey on this forum about this as he uses a Procaster on a tower with no ground as I understand and he can give you good info on this subject. I think he has been running this for 7 years? Forget what he said, but he hasn’t had a lightning strike that he has ever mentioned.
To add to my post I forgot even with no ground you still have the power and audio cable into the house and a path for lightning to come into the house through that to electrical ground but I was told that the connections from the studio to the transmitter has the shield connected on the transmitter side but not at the studio and asked what it’s…[Read more]
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