Re: Lousy Antenna on eBay
I found this group while doing research because I was thinking of
buying one of the antenna's he is selling. I am in an bottom floor
office with no windows that is a "black hole" on reception. I am a
newbie to this stuff and do not have much technical skill at making
things like this so I am looking for something easy like the kit
this ebay seller offers. I have used a simple 5' wire attached to
the FM screw on the back of my GE Superadio to make FM better. Is
there something fairly easy to make that I can hook up to get better
AM indoors? Thanks.
--- In email@example.com, Richards <jruing@...> wrote:
> This guy purports to sell the best working AM antenna.
> Item: 9739946233
> I bought one and it really sucks, a very weak performer.
> Compared to the Terk AM Advantage the Terk is a 10 and
> this is a 3. It does work... but not well at all, on
> any radio tested.
> Anyone see this before?
> /////// Just my take.... Richards /////////
- If I understand right the Terk AM Advantage (which I have) is a
form of a tuned loop. I brought my Superadio in from the office and
took it in my sun room at dusk (not yet dark) and picked up Tampa FL
clear as a bell on AM (715 miles away by Yahoo maps, it came in even
without the Terk but it was much clearer with it. I also picked up
somewhere in the DC area, Ohio, and PA but did not get station names,
just figured it out by local commercials. I remember when I was a kid
you could DX so many localized stations, but now everything sounds
the same so I don't know where else I was picking up. I got stations
on FM I don't even get in the car and have never even heard before.
Like the AM stations I waited a few minutes but did not get station
names. One I did get the name of was about 120 miles away. Anyway,
this has pretty much proved that my office is in a "black hole" of
radio when it picks up so well at home. I guess it is internet radio
for me at the office which is where I have the most time to actually
be still and listen. Maybe one day I will get a window office.
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> --- In email@example.com, Richards <jruing@> wrote:
> > This guy purports to sell the best working AM antenna.
> > Item: 9739946233
> > I bought one and it really sucks, a very weak performer.
> > Compared to the Terk AM Advantage the Terk is a 10 and
> > this is a 3. It does work... but not well at all, on
> > any radio tested.
> > Anyone see this before?
> This is my first post here, I just found this site a little while
> ago and joined.
> I have three tuners/receivers, an Onkyo T-4500 tuner with filter
> mods, an Onkyo TX-850 receiver, and out in my shop, a Teac AV-G8050
> receiver. These were all purchased used, and none had the original
> plastic loop antennas.
> I had tried a number of AM antennas, including the Godar 10,
> good results. (BTW, the Godar Model 10 is NOT a loop, regardlessof
> what the website says) Then I stumbled upon the article upon whichliked
> this loop you refer to is based on, sold by jburns1987 on eBay. It
> is based on the Carver loop described in this article:
> I was going to scrounge parts to make one, then found the one on
> eBay. I purchased one and it worked, and worked very well. I
> it so much I bought another for my bedroom system. Then I built ain
> third one from scratch for my shop system. My shop is an all metal
> building where even my phone will not work, but this loop does.
> I am on the Louisiana coast, and in addition to local and regional
> stations, at night pick up KBAP in Ft Worth, TX (440 miles), KXKW
> Shreveport, LA (270 mi), WSB in Atlanta, GA (550 mi), WOAI in Sanmore,
> Antonio, Tx (470 mi), KMOX in St. Louis, MO (730 mi), and many
> usually pretty clear at night. I'll admit that WLS in Chicago is aI
> little noisy, but it is nearly 1000 miles away.
> And my brother, 40 miles away, with this same antenna has been
> listening to a Memphis blues station he enjoys.
> So, knock it if you want, but do try it, it does work. I'll admit
> haven't tried the Terk.tuned
> I am building a larger (24" diagonal, 17" on each side) square
> loop. But meanwhile, this "Ultimate Loop" is doing well for me.