Discussion in 'Tuners' started by ChopperChas, Nov 16, 2016.
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The FM 6 and a eight element log periodic style went to the dump last week
Here it is, a full year and 4 months later......it still sits, assembled, in the back of my shed. Connected to anything? Nah.
Lord help me.
So the Antennacraft fm 6 at 20 feet in the air was not receiving my favorite classical station in stereo. But it was a full 5 bars, despite the drought we were having. So with the theory that the drought was harming the grounding with the earth, I poured about 5 gallons of water by the 4 foot copper ground rod. Set a new record 70 stations at 3pm when it is 90 degrees out and the classical station is 5.2 bars and in STEREO, the jazz station is at 5.2 bars also. So if you want to supercharge your outdoor antenna, just pour 5 gallons of water by the ground rod!
Yup ... old hammer trick is to put a few inches of epsom salt about a foot underground around the rod so it leaches in slowly. Done right, it shouldn't hurt the grass or surrounding plants. Should last a good long time, but if you start to lose reception, dig a plug out and add some more epsom salt as needed.
A mix of gypsum and cheap kitty litter is also fairly popular for that.
Pioneer TX9100 intermittent stereo on WFMT at 98.7Mhz in Chicago
Is the problem the antenna or the tuner?
OK the Pioneer SX300 aka Sound Project 300 gets a stereo signal on WFMT, so that rules out the antenna as a causative factor in not getting WFMT in stereo.
MPX board AWD-002
MPX chip PA1310P All surrounding capacitors exonerated ie no capsistors
Pin Number Spec Measured
3 5.0 5.2 after comparing to TX9500 pin 3 is indeed at 5.0 spec
4 8.8 7.4
5 8.8 7.4
9 2.5 2.5
12 2.4 2.5
I went through all the trimmer caps and the adjustable coils and peaked all of them twice. Put the covers back on, since WFMT stereo is now stable throughout the L and R side of the center channel meter designated black center region.
Soldered two more caps for 10,000uf at the 24 volt supply. Super quiet and receives 98.7 in stereo at the full width of the center tuning meter designated black center region. Back to the coveted rack.
79 stations definitely a new record!
93 stations at 1118pm on 8-16-18 definitely a new record
I bought a used RS Archer, or Antenna Craft for $15 today. It's the RS VU-190. It's actually a VHF, UHF, FM antenna. Good for up to 100 miles is the claim. Their largest one they made in the mid to late 80's, but I think they came out with a larger one in the 90's.
Large FM antennas are getting hard to find.
is a great site for FM antenna building/modifying
Pioneer TX9100 with 10,000uf stabilization of the 24 volt supply yields so many more stations. All my ears tell me is that the noise level is way way down, and perhaps that enables me to hear the distant stations that were formerly in the hash of the background hiss; just a theory.
Well obviously the blizzard brought it down, and even bent the mast severely. A few more zip ties and we are back up at 20 feet. However had to use 600 pound test ropes to stabilize the 3 guy ropes at 120 degrees. Function exceeds form considerably, because I do not want to have the antenna mast bend again since it is winter here in
http://dennysantennaservice.com/long-range-fm-antenna.html Will take you to a reseller of what appears to be a decent fm yagi antenna. The seller has compared it to the long discontinued Winegard 6065, and while the Winegard has slightly better specs, this one is close. The price is $100.
The actual antenna is said be the top half of a Winegard HD “Stacker” antenna that sells for $140 (http://dennysantennaservice.com/hd_stacker_tv_antenna-html.html) a not unreasonable price IMHO given the scarcity of good outdoor yagi antennas in today’ market.
Even more impressive is a TV antenna shoot-out (http://.com/best-tv-antenna.html) “Denny” claims to have conducted on 19 different outdoor TV antennas. Personally, I’m glad to see a new outdoor FM yagi antenna become available. For those who already have a good tuner, a good outdoor FM yagi antenna on a mast with a rotor can transform a mediocre FM tuner into a great one.
NOTE: I have no personal experience with this antenna, and I do not know “Denny,” and I have no financial interest in his business. I will add though that back in the day, Winegard made good quality FM and TV antennae. There is not much of s market now for external long range yagi FM and/or TV antennae, so I hope this is a good antenna. I personally wish “Denny” well because good quality, long-range FM antennae are almost “unobtanium” in today’s market.
Just came across this: Lots of complaints filed against Denny’s - https://www.bbb.org/us/mi/ithaca/profile/antenna/dennys-antenna-service-0372-17005647/complaints
While i didn't order the FM or HD stacker. Recently did order a HD TV antenna from Denny's and could not be happier. Great quality, and fast shipping.
LOL, you can't be serious.
Here it is, nearly 2 years later. STILL haven't mounted that antenna, or even connected it yet. I'm terribly sorry. Gotta get a rotating mount or something.
Also, let's say my lazy azz mounts that antenna, and connects it to my tuner. Do I simply tie a length of copper wire around the frame and stick in the ground??
Sorry, I know beans about proper FM antenna mounting.
Anybody in the area of Roxbury twp/Kenvil NJ, there's an APS 13(?APS's biggest FM antenna & NLA) still laying on the roof of my old shop, and attached to a rotator.
Free for pickup, PM me for info.
There's one on the roof of my house too, but that's staying.
Unfortunately, the Finco FM5? 6? that the APS replaced was folded in the shop and went into the waste stream. I bought that one in 1963 when I was in college in Allentown.
It worked quite well!
We're putting you in for membership in the Procrastinators Club. Or at least we will when we run out of excuses for putting it off. Feel free to attend the next meeting if and when we get around to holding it ...
Good connectivity on the ground or you're wasting your time. I usually use braided 8 or 10 gauge you can buy in bulk at the hardware store, and a 4 foot grounding rod. Those come with clamps for the wire and just pound them into dirt. Strip the antenna end a few inches and wrap that around the lower mast clamp before tightening it down and yer good.
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