Is broadcasting better than a holler?
Posted on October 29, 2013
A holler for those not in the know, is a valley in the country usually surrounded by hills or even mountains. And is what most people in the south call a valley. With that being said, i have moved to a holler. I am surrounded by hills here. The road to my house is for the most part a one lane road. Some cars can pass each other without too much trouble and if you know the person drinks coffee perhaps close enough to pass them a coffee or a high five.
Some places you just pull off to the shoulder and let them pass, if there is a shoulder lol.
I drive a Jeep with 4 Wheel Drive so most of the time it is no trouble for me.
Any way i have been testing the new frequency on 102.7 Mhz in both stereo and mono.
The dipole is 15 feet off of the ground but the signal follows the road in both directions before it is absorbed by rocks and trees on either side of the road.
I already had a suspicion that FM would not work here, the signal is confined to the 5 houses on my road and possibly more on top of a couple ridges.
So since FM is already limited to 250 -300 feet and i don’t want to press my luck by raising my antenna up on a tower or hehe the top of a ridge then would AM really make any difference in the valley er i mean holler?
Would i really benefit from buying a professional grade transmitter like the procaster or the Talking House and External ATU? I finally have a place to bury ground radials which is something i couldnt do at the mobile home park. Would the rock and trees around me just suck up or reflect the AM signal?