Hello everyone, Been reading the board for a little while and have enjoyed it. Some of the insight provided has helped me to decide to take the plunge myself. Actually, I've been considering the possibility for well over 20 years, but, finally, decided to take the leap. Ordered the ChezRadio Procaster on the 20th of Jan. Received it a couple of days ago. Since that time, I've been in the process of getting other bits and pieces delivered (ground rod and the like). Just called the utility companies today, to get the ground utilities marked and will be starting installation once the ground is sufficiently thawed enough that I am able to get the ground rod in place.
The plan is to mount the Procaster, on a 5 foot mast, located at the peak of an unattached 1 story garage. I'm hoping for a decent range, but time will tell the tale there.
It is always interesting to read boards like this, as I get a bit nostalgic reading about some of the companies I used to work with (i.e., LPB and the like) back in the day. Hope to be able to contribute some as time goes on, but just wanted to take a moment to say hello and start a conversation.
BTW, I had selected the WIMP call letters, before reading the post on this board about them. Found out they were available on the RecNet site.
Here's a picture of my Procaster, on the patio, test mounted to a pole with some radials laid out. The cover is off for tuning. I did that while getting a feel for how to set the audio to the the transmitter, and how the tuning behaves. It's something I'd suggest before people mount the transmitter where it's harder to reach, if that's what they plan to do.
The patio is no place for it though, and to get it off of the ground, I planned to mount it on a vent pipe. It wouldn't be easy, the vent is too short for the U-bolts and brackets on the transmitter to go around it, so I thought of using an old satellite antenna arm, mounting it with shorter spaced brackets, then mounting the Procaster on the longer section of the pipe.
I went up to mount it, then realized something, the area was not that easily accessible to check on and maintain the transmitter, so the idea has been scrubbed the idea for the time being.
And no doubt about it, just being in close proximity to the antenna while adjusting the TX will change the tuning. So pre-tuning before mounting it might get you in the ball park but most likely will need re-tuned after installing at its final position.
If you have a field strength meter or a radio with a meter, have someone check the meter before and after you move away from the antenna to see if the signal changes very much. Sometimes it take several tries to get the best tuning for max signal.
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