Thinking about putting the station on a houseboat, but unsure how that will affect the signal. It would be interesting to find out. If the boat were to cruise around the lake, would it be able to hold a stable signal (channel)? Thoughts?
What do you think? Is it something that might work, or, as I suspect, something that would not work?
I'm glad you're thinking creatively. I'd guess where you are the lake is not a salt water lake. People on these groups have talked about boats in salt water, and it's only supposed to take a small plate mounted on the boat below the water line to have the water act as an excellent ground plane, the best you can get. Ever wonder why those radio pirate ships and platforms worked so well to get signals out? That's a big reason why, a super salt water ground plane.
As for fresh water, I'd have to think it wouldn't work as well as salt, but I'm not certain, since all water in the wild has minerals in it, but the DC resistance is higher than salt, that's a science class experiment. Almost anything is better than dirt ground though, it's more like a big resistor at RF that radio stations have to try and conquer. I think water would be a stable surface to ground to.
If you try it, and you're playing music, here's the first band to play, Lake.
Thanks Boomer. I hadn't actually considered the ground capability of salt water vs. fresh water. You are correct, the lake is a fresh water lake. It would be interesting to see how things go. I'm currently looking for a boat. Inexpensive is the most important aspect of this. Either a house boat, or pontoon boat that could have a studio structure built on it.