Short range from TH v5 on 530 AM
Posted on November 10, 2015
So after having given up on a basket case talking house v5 transmitter almost 12 months ago, I drug it back out and tried something different.
On previous setups with the TH I had it up on 1610 AM but the hum and range was horrible.
I managed to get the hum out of it but never got more than 1/4 mile or less even on 1700 khz.
Yesterday I tried it on 530 khz, still has a slight hum but the audio is better with one draw back. The range is way worse down on 530 khz, no where near the 1/4 mile or whatever it was 12 months ago on the higher frequencies.
Now I didn’t expect stellar results on 530 because well it stands to reason that the wire antenna provided with the transmitter is just too short for a frequency this low in the AM broadcast band.
But that doesn’t mean it isn’t useful, I plugged a Bearcat BC74XLT Scanner into the TH and programmed the scanner for 162.475 Mhz which is N.O.A.A. Weather radio for my area.
So for 130 feet (give or take a few feet) there were at least two houses that could hear it if they even bother to tune around looking for something to hear on AM Radio.
I just might leave it like that or perhaps fire up an old Windows Xp machine with Zararadio and Weather Watcher for a constant looping of the time, temperature,humidity and the call sign WXW 530 Willard,Ky.
Included in this post is two snapshots taken from our security cameras which kind of sort of shows the distance covered by the TH v5. (this is not the modified version btw)
Just messing around out of sheer boardumb erm boredom eh whatever! lol