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Old 12-09-2011, 09:14 AM   #16
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I had antenna on shop at one time and it would'nt catch channels 25 miles away, so I moved it after huricane Rita put a limb on it. The tower is about 20' of 2" cantlevered pipe thats about 4' in ground. I have a copper ground rod standing next to tower and hasn't sunk into ground after a year so I may need to apply some sort of physcal force seeing as gravity hasn't moved it.

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Old 12-09-2011, 09:35 AM   #17
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Sometimes a picture is better then words. The real reason is for those of you that like to build are dream, the program I used to draw the pictures is call Googlesketchup and its free. I use it for anything from small projects to the plain I drew for my house build. You can do 3-D the first time you try it out. It would take 3 months of college classes before they would probably even start talking about 3-D. I'm not up on whats allow to be posted in here but just wanted to share. I will not gain a dime from the mentioning of product. Their are clubs for people that use this thing I'm not sure but from looking at their work I'd think they most be professionals. I could go on but all I can tell you is you want be disappointed. Heres the link http://www.diychatroom.com/members/j...ooglesketchup/
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:40 AM   #18
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A couple observations, and a confession...

Out of curiosity, JBURD, why are you after such a high-powered AM antenna? I know it's really none of my business, but it intrigues me.

Also, this thread has been populated by answers from the "50+ Crowd." Talk of HeathKits, etc. Man, I'm a kid in the 60s again! I'm hearing Boogie Check and Wolfman Jack on WLS Chicago - even though I lived almost 500 miles away.


Beyond that, I have absolutely nothing to add by way of advice.
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:50 AM   #19
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Although this does not directly answer the question, it is an alternative. I don't know what else you have in the building, but if it has internet access, just about every station (FM or AM) simulcasts to an online stream. No worry about antennas or reception, just hit the web-page and you're listening online.
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:27 PM   #20
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Also with the ability to listen to streams online as stated above is the ability to record shows and listen to the at your convenience. Dar.FM
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Old 12-09-2011, 02:46 PM   #21
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for the cost of a ferrite antenna with 900 feet of copper wire you could buy your own am radio station.

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Old 12-09-2011, 02:55 PM   #22
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I'm working on wiring in surround sound system and FM signal sucked because of roof, so I tied in preexisting exterior antenna. AM single does same and was just seeing what it would take to build AM antenna with good reception. Usually only listen to it in vehicle.
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I'm working on wiring in surround sound system and FM signal sucked because of roof, so I tied in preexisting exterior antenna. AM single does same and was just seeing what it would take to build AM antenna with good reception. Usually only listen to it in vehicle.

If you put a car antenna on your shop roof you'll get the same reception.

Your receiver in your home might not be as good as the one in your car.

99% of all car antennae are optimized for FM. If you go to a truck stop you can buy a telescoping antenna to put on your vehicle that will extend higher, and give you much better reception.

I remember that picture in the Boy Scout Manual for stringing a wire between two trees for AM reception. With a ground rod near the house, I'm sure.
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Old 12-12-2011, 07:46 PM   #24
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Your problem is the metal building shielding the indoor radio antenna from receiving a signal that would otherwise be sufficiently strong. You need an exterior antenna but not one that will receive signals from China. The 50 feet + antennas are way too much. A simple vertical antenna of any length over 3 feet and attached to the apex of your house should be ample. The car antenna is a possible inexpensive solution. The antenna does need to be on isolated mounts and fed into the house without touching the metal roof. If you can locate a local ham radio operator they will help you find a cheap, workable solution for no fee. Call a local electronics supply store (not Radio Shack, not Best Buy) and ask the name of a ham radio operator you could call. Tell the ham operator that you only want to pick up LOCAL stations.

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Thanks I know a ham guy.

I'm not a professional., But I did stay at Holiday Inn Express last night.

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