New FM antenna for HD Receiver

Discussion in 'Wireless & RF Design' started by PatM, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. PatM

    Thread Starter Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    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.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2011
  2. Wendy


    Mar 24, 2008
    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.
  3. PatM

    Thread Starter Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    Yes! Since 1963 - W9ZO
    All of my antenna's for Ham are wire - no beams.

    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.