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RE: tried it

Yesterday, I tried a few things. And all of it worked to some degree or another. Also on the list of things to try, was an automotive antenna. At first I looked for my old antenna that I'd been using on my old Mini. Could not find that. Too bad because it was kind of cool, having a chrome plated coil spring at its base above the mounting bracket. Alas.

So I drove across the bridge (less than a mile) to my local Ace Hardware store and found one. What I bought, for $9.99, was an automotive antenna featuring a 30 inch long stainless steel rod. This antenna I modified by clipping off the oem connector plug and soldering on a 75 ohm balun to match input at my FM tuner. I used this with and without amplification. I can say that in this early implementation of it, it betters the Parsec Beam Booster amplified antenna that I have had for a number of years. when I used this vertical (automotive) antenna in combination with a RadioShack 2-2way signal amplifier, it brought in signal strength on most of the stations on my above posted list (see new data this thread) that was about 1 bar less than with the dipole I have mounted up on the wall.

I'm not done with it. Because this antenna features a fixed stainless steel rod, I think I will see what other mods are possible. I believe these can be made tunable and also modified as your friend did yours with a dummy reflector, etc. But I have much to study before chasing this rabbit.

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