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Praise for the Ramsey TM100


Aaron Maue

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For anyone looking for a little more quality from the audio in your show, I just wanted to give praise to the TM100 antenna kit from Ramsey.

I used the EDM RDS last year with the test antenna. Sounded very good. Good enough to continue using, except I had a couple of annoying spots on the cul-de-sac that were a little static-y. (is that a word?) So, based on some threads here, I ordered the TM100 kit from Ramsey to fix those issues that probably only annoyed me.

For anyone considering adding an outdoor antenna, I'd highly recommend this one. I had never soldered anything before (including the power connector on my EDM, which I now realize was unwarranted fear). The step-by-step instructions were super easy to follow. And the sound quality from my system is incredibly improved. I expected a bit more range, and that's really all I wanted. But the improved sound quality was a great surprise, and a similar experience described by George Simmons in an earlier thread... http://forums.lightorama.com/forum81/22953.html

For anyone interested in the setup, I have the EDM connected to a 3' length of coax, connected to a wall plate f-connector, connected to about 75' of coax, connected to the TM100 antenna, which is zip-tied to one of my downspouts on the front of my garage, about 75' from the street. Even with all those connections, with the transmitter on the 10mw setting, I get more than enough coverage for the cul-de-sac; actually more distance than you're able to even see my lights. I was worried that the number of connections and length of coax would degrade the signal to the point that I wasn't going to get any improvement in results. Not the case. Great product. Highly recommend for quality of product and ease of build.

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I didn't get that exact antenna but did make my own exactly like that and hooked it up to a FM-02 transmitter from WLC ventures. Total cost was around $50 for transmitter and antenna and it sounds amazing. The range is perfect and clarity is flawless. I know everyone here swears by the EDM but the wife and I went to 2 LOR forum members shows last year who were both using the EDM and while I may be biased, the wife even ask me why there was static in their signal. My answer to her then was "the antenna". I personally think having a good outdoor antenna makes a world of difference no matter what transmitter you have.

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harrison0550 wrote:

I didn't get that exact antenna but did make my own exactly like that and hooked it up to a FM-02 transmitter from WLC ventures. Total cost was around $50 for transmitter and antenna and it sounds amazing. The range is perfect and clarity is flawless. I know everyone here swears by the EDM but the wife and I went to 2 LOR forum members shows last year who were both using the EDM and while I may be biased, the wife even ask me why there was static in their signal. My answer to her then was "the antenna". I personally think having a good outdoor antenna makes a world of difference no matter what transmitter you have.

Very true statement. I made that comment in another thread where an individual mentioned the perceived quality of their transmitter had diminished. First place to look is the antenna.

Your performance is only as good as your weakest link. Poor antenna design, quality, or installation, and no matter how good your transmitter may be, overall audio quality will suffer.

The caution remains about being careful to ensure the legalities of one's installation, but you don't need to go overboard from an installation height, etc when you have a quality antenna, properly spec'd coax, and connectors that are installed properly.
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