WEAK-AM Joins the Talking House Club!
Posted on May 29, 2008
Well, I suppose it had to happen… with all of the talk about reasonably priced Talking House transmitters on eBay, I could not resist… a Talking House is now on the way! Incidentally, I received a “push” when I discovered a new Talking House station operated by one of the local real estate agents on my lake. I checked the range, and it doesn’t do too badly, although the audio is atrocious and is accompanied by copious amounts of hum and noise… that should be very fixable, I think.
The thing I find most intriguing about the TH is the automatic antenna tuning feature. That’s got to be one of the coolest things around! Needless to say, in order for a real estate agent to set it up, they needed a feature like that. I plan on using mine indoors with a 3M wire antenna.
Of course, I’ll take care to keep it away from glass. Radio waves are scared of glass, you know! :o)
Update: drove by the home again tonight, and considering that it is an indoor installation, I am very impressed with the range. I struggle to do that well with my SSTRAN on an indoor antenna, at a much higher frequency on the dial. Also; this one does not seem to have the frequency warble I’ve noticed on others, and it seems to be close to frequency. So they must have improved them significantly. I am not sure why there is so much hum… maybe it was recorded that way, or maybe they are lacking a good ground. But I would tend to think it was recorded that way, since the range is pretty decent.