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Offline tbone321

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Re: Best start for syncing with music?
« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2017, 07:57:58 PM »
Much of this depends on your antenna.  A small antenna close to the ground limits your range. 

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Re: Best start for syncing with music?
« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2017, 05:54:58 AM »
I use the same set up as jneland uses. It works great. I've used it for years with no issues. As for the power output mine can be heard crystal clear for at least 1/2 mile away. I have no issues with the output other than it bleeds through other radio stations in the close, general area around my house. I use a receiver in the garage  which outputs to outdoor speakers set at a low volume so people who are out on the sidewalk can hear the music. I believe that as long as you are respectful of the neighbors you will have no problems.
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Re: Best start for syncing with music?
« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2017, 08:19:56 AM »
Jim,  At low power using the default antenna, how far are you getting?
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Re: Best start for syncing with music?
« Reply #18 on: July 28, 2017, 03:32:31 PM »
I probably get a block and a half with clear reception.  Can still hear some static as I drive away from my house to about 3 blocks.  I have an antenna I won in a door prize several years ago that was built by an amateur radio guy.  It will go farther, but I don't need it.  Even with my original Ramsey, (bought 10 yrs ago) that antenna one could hear the radio 1/2 mile away.  Scary.

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Re: Best start for syncing with music?
« Reply #19 on: July 28, 2017, 06:30:03 PM »
There was a session on unlicensed radio transmitters last year at Expo 2016.  I believe the FCC limit for an unlicensed station is barely a few hundred feet. When I first installed mine I ended up dialing it back a bit.


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Re: Best start for syncing with music?
« Reply #20 on: July 28, 2017, 09:24:02 PM »
I probably get a block and a half with clear reception.
Thanks. I'm looking for a backup to my Ramsey.  What would you say the length of a "block" in your area is?

Even with my original Ramsey, (bought 10 yrs ago) that antenna one could hear the radio 1/2 mile away.
  I have a "proper" antenna on mine, as well.  Made a world of difference when we put it to work here.
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I have a frequency dead center between two NPR stations.  I don't affect them, they don't affect me.  Besides, when I'm bored I tune into "All Things Considered."

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Re: Best start for syncing with music?
« Reply #21 on: July 29, 2017, 08:01:44 AM »
I have no idea how big a block is.  They vary from 3 houses to 5 houses here.  I would use 4 house lots as being very clear stations, but I can still hear the song for at least another block past that.

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Re: Best start for syncing with music?
« Reply #22 on: July 29, 2017, 04:31:58 PM »
There is a web site that will also show you the best "unused" frequencies in your area.


https://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/vacant?select=city&city=46979&state=&x=14&y=4


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Re: Best start for syncing with music?
« Reply #23 on: July 29, 2017, 06:42:13 PM »
Any plat laid out after 1940 should include 300 feet of frontage in each block.  Before that anywhere from 300 to 500 feet.

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Re: Best start for syncing with music?
« Reply #24 on: July 29, 2017, 08:29:49 PM »
Thanks.  BTW - I've lived in a few older towns, and some of them - including where we are now - have really long "blocks".  Where I grew up they were around 500 to 700 feet from cross-street to cross-street. 

 

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