A Worthy Antenna

mlucitt

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What works for me is a FM dipole antenna. A better explanation would be the folded up piece of 300-Ohm twin-lead antenna wire that used to come with every FM radio and stereo receiver in the 1970's. That freebie is long gone and you may not even be able to find one these days, but you can make one easily enough.
https://tinyurl.com/4pamfn62
That link to an ebay auction gives the dimensions, 72" vertical and each 'arm' of the dipole is 28". The wire inside the twin-lead should form a complete loop. I tape mine to the inside of a picture window and get great reception in the direction looking out of the window.
 

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Maybe I just buy that?

I have something similar on the 880 now. It came with a Nakamichi receiver I flipped. Not as nice as the link- just a wire loop.

But I have a huge attic with nothing but mouse crap and insulation in it. Probably 30-40 feet long. I’d like to pick up in all directions too, since there is a good station on Long Island we all like and a decent classical NPR station to the north. PLR in New Haven always comes in fine but the talking…
 

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UPDATE - On the advise of a fellow over on AK, I reconnected the Radio Shack antenna, reduced the gain setting to "1" (of 3) and fiddled with the rabbit ears so that the tuner barely registered five bars. Success! It sounds great, just about as good as the Rotel tuner in the main system. I should have known I was overloading the tuner's front end.
 

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My old (big) TV antenna that covers the VHF low band works great for FM. Being a log periodic type, it’s highly directional. In Jim’s case he would probably need a rotator or two antennas
 

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What works for me is a FM dipole antenna. A better explanation would be the folded up piece of 300-Ohm twin-lead antenna wire that used to come with every FM radio and stereo receiver in the 1970's. That freebie is long gone and you may not even be able to find one these days, but you can make one easily enough.
https://tinyurl.com/4pamfn62
That link to an ebay auction gives the dimensions, 72" vertical and each 'arm' of the dipole is 28". The wire inside the twin-lead should form a complete loop. I tape mine to the inside of a picture window and get great reception in the direction looking out of the window.
Live in the city, folded dipole works great. Easy to make yourself.
 

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We had a basic tri-beam on a 40' tower, but over the years some of the elements rotated...nobody wanted to go back up there and fix all that. Ended up taking the thing down when we sold the house.
I did the same when I left California.
 

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I drive right by the AARL facility every day, to and from work.

Old (original, I presume) brick building out front and a large modern building behind it.
 

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Someday I'd like a tower with a tri-bander beam. I'll live with my 270-someodd ft long horizontal loop for now.....It actually works great on 40/80 but it ought to be up higher......
 

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This may be the last step - I really prefer passive antennas, so I dug out a set of rabbit ears (minus all the electronic gee-gaws), mounted them on a glass base which used to serve for a desk pen and made the connection: four bars, good sound. It looks better too.
 
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