New FM antenna for HD Receiver

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PatM

Joined Dec 31, 2010
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Installed a Turnstile antenna about 5 ft above the roof yesterday for HD FM Radio reception. Antennacraft FMSS with 75 feet of RG6 feedline.
Guess it is working as the first station I ran across was WBNZ 92.3 FM.
Station is located in Traverse City, Michigan. (South West transmission to Milwaukee)
I would have been happy with 30 mile reception.
170 miles is even better !!


Hope it it's not a transmission fluke, but same reception for 2 days now.


I suppose a clear path across Lake Michigan helps, but I'm still surprised that it works at this distance.
 
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Wendy

Joined Mar 24, 2008
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Are you into amature radio (Ham)?

It may seem odd, but the coax is probably more important than the antenna, RG6 has much better characteristics.
 

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PatM

Joined Dec 31, 2010
86
Are you into amature radio (Ham)?
Yes! Since 1963 - W9ZO
All of my antenna's for Ham are wire - no beams.

It may seem odd, but the coax is probably more important than the antenna, RG6 has much better characteristics.
I orignally was going to use some RG59 but as long as I had to do some wire fishing, I figured why not just do it right. I didn't have any coax handy and the price difference wasn't much.
RG6 definitely better.
 
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