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I have a ramsey transmitter. I got it working last night. But it doesn't send signal very far. Two houses down its start sounded like crap. But in driveway it's crystal clear. Any ideas.

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Just trying to go to the end of the street. about 7 houses down.

The traffic flows in from that side of street and my tune to sign is pointing that way so they can listen to music and see most lights from down at end of street also

My whole house transmitter went already to main road last year lol. I ditched it thinking the ramsey would go the same but better quality sound

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If you mount the antenna higher, it'll possibly reach farther out. I don't know about that transmitter or its antenna. I'm using an EDM with a 2meter whip on it. I get about 2 blocks and that's all I want

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If you mount the antenna higher, it'll possibly reach farther out. I don't know about that transmitter or its antenna. I'm using an EDM with a 2meter whip on it. I get about 2 blocks and that's all I want
i have it on a shelf in my garage But the antenna it comes with it like those telescoping boom box antennas. I'm trying to find a "rubber ducky" antenna but no luck locally :(
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If you can and if there's a window, put it right up at the window
yah that's probably the issue my cat 5 from the yard feeds to the garage to plug into the computer. I did have the garage door open while running the transmitter lol. Maybe I'll move it closer to the garage door. Or worse case scenario just try to get the cat 5s to the window in front of house and set up there
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Well, I was told this would burn out my transmitters final transistors rendering it useless and dead, but found out the jokes on those that told me that.  I'm using a BNC connector rubber ducky antenna that I removed from an old dead radio shack scanner radio.     This being used on a Mobile Black Box Eclipse-4000 transmitter.   When my old original telescoping antenna had a wire break in it, I needed something in a hurry to fix it, so figured this antenna would work being that it covers both AM and FM bands.

 

When I originally asked about using the scanner antenna and got plenty of "no" answers, that it would burn out the final transistor{s} in the transmitter, now I've been using this "scanner antenna" available at most Radio Shack stores for going over 3 years now.  So no, I didn't listen and used it to see what would happen, nothing that's what!

 

Transmitter still broadcasts just fine and still sounds perfect and no issues with the final transistors either.

 

Now by using the scanner antenna I'm using I can mount my transmitter just above my window and the antenna is only about 2-3" from touching the roof.   With that pain in the butt telescoping antenna, I had to mount the transmitter lower down inside the house.

 

And my range with it is excellent, I live on a small circle and it broadcasts completely around to all the houses on the circle and even outside the circle.  Occasionally I can pick it up from the entrance/exit area of the community I live in.

 

Since I'm in the back and one side of the area is almost completely clear of any obstructions to one of the main roads, the signal gets out to there for about a 200-300 foot length of the road before it goes staticy again.

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Yah I found a pair at ace hardware. But didn't work much better. Oh well if they can't here 6 houses down and they don't like it go find another display to watch lol

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I've been using a Ramsey FM25B for years.  It's connected to my computer in my basement so it's underground and surrounded by concrete & it's crystal clear for 500' with the telescopic antenna only half way up.  1st year I had it fully extended and you could start picking up a signal a 1/4 mile away so I lowered is some and now signal picks up about 1200' out but is very distorted until within 500'. 

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have you thought of maybe just running a longer speaker wire from your computer to your transmitter and setting your transmitter up higher outside under the eve of your house..

 

I had the opposite problem..

 

Even with my transmitter on low power it was reaching out to far in one direction( down the mountain toward Boeing, Northrup, NASA etc. so I solved that by putting it on south side of the house with foil behind it to help block the signal from going north down the mountain over the valley so much... 

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I'm struggling with my whole house transmitter. I got the one lightorama sells but halfway down the driveway it dies and forget about the street. We've got it in the garage where we've got the computer and lightorama controller. But I don't know if we're doing something wrong. Any ideas? We want to be able to put a sign outside and the fm station so that it wont drive the neighbors insane with the show on repeat every half hour (we run it only from 6pm to 10 weekdays and to 11pm on weekends).

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In my opinion, the while house transmitter is the only thing that the fine people at LOR sell that I wouldn't recommend.  My first year, I too bought the WHT and ended up having to install it in an enclosure halfway down my driveway just so people could get a signal.  The Ramsey I bought the following year and ever since has worked great for me anyway.

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if you have a Ramsey FM25 OR a FM30,  the output power is adjustable.  Look in the users manual.  there is a Pot labeled R25 on the

board. turn it fully clockwise, this will max out the output to 25mW.  You should easily be able to tramsmit 500 feet with it in this position.

 

It could be possible that the output Transistor (the surface mounted component on the back of the board) could be blown, but

if it was, you would only get a foot or so of distance.  If it is blown, ramsey will sell you a new one.  it's kind of small, but with

a steady hand, you can replace it.

 

Tim

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It may be a little overkill, but here's the antenna I built for my EDM transmitter:

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I had a different antenna inside the garage, but the metal garage door and metal roof kept the signal from getting to the street where it was needed. The one problem with the current antenna is that it also sends the signal toward the back of the house, where it isn't needed, and can be picked up on the next street, but it's not a big deal.

 

The range was actually a bit too far when I was using 104.1, but since we changed our frequency to 92.9, the range is about right, where you can start picking up the signal in your car at about the same time you can see the lights. That's probably because I cut the antenna to be resonant at the higher frequency.

 

This antenna is structurally very simple, with a single vertical component and 4 sloped radials. The reason the radials are sloped is to make it a cross between a vertical ground plane and an vertical dipole, which causes the impedance to be about the same as the 50 feet of coax that connects it to the transmitter. Yes, there is loss in the coax, but the goal is not to get the most power out, but to get just enough. It's constructed with brass rods, a SO239 connector, and PVC pipe. It attaches to the roof vent with hot glue, and is painted black to preserve the PVC. It stays up year round. I think it's been about 5 years now.

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It amazes me how there are so many different experiences when it comes to the WHT.  For me it works great broadcasting from inside the house with nothing special hooked up to it.  I get at least a block away perfect stereo reception 2 years running.

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