my recent post about noisy reception

my recent post about noisy reception

Post by Luke » Fri, 29 Nov 2002 13:46:46

Hi,

I posted some days ago about my noisy reception and some of you suggested
some decent coax and a 9:1 transformer, etc.

I bought some RG6 quad shield (about 20 metres of it, nice cable and wasn't
as expensive as I thought) and ran up to the back fence and lo and behold,
the noise level was brought down considerably. Put in 9:1 transformer
(looks just like that built one they have at shortwavestore.com) and the
noise comes down a fraction more. Thanks for the suggestions, don't know
why I didn't pull my finger out and do something like this a long time
ago. Now I just have to dig a decent hole and get some sort of a long rod
for an earth and I'll be laughing.

Regarding earths, has anyone tried the trick I saw on hard-core-dx.com
where you bury your earth rod in kitty litter? If so, how do you find it?

Thanks
Luke.

 
 
 

my recent post about noisy reception

Post by Geoff Whit » Fri, 29 Nov 2002 14:30:13


Quote:> Regarding earths, has anyone tried the trick I saw on hard-core-dx.com
> where you bury your earth rod in kitty litter? If so, how do you find it?

Not sure about the kitty litter, but I think the
ground rod needs to be driven into solid earth.
You might get kitty litter at a pet store and
add it to your "starter hole?"

I recently drove a couple ground rods and
found these ideas helped a lot:

1) dig a 1 foot hole and fill it with water.

2) put on some gloves and "pump" the
rod up and down with your hands. This
may well get it half-way if you don't hit
a rock. I was surprised how well this
works, try it!

3) put the ground clamp on before you
start pounding on the rod. The top of
the rod may mushroom, making it hard
to get the clamp on later.

4) try a fence post driver (approx $8 at
Home Depot, Lowes, etc.) which should
easily get all but the last two feet.

5) another possibility is to borrow or
rent a power hammer (rotary or air
hammer)

6) sledge hammer or hand/half sledge
will probably get that last couple feet
fairly easily.

Geoff
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> Hi,

> I posted some days ago about my noisy reception and some of you suggested
> some decent coax and a 9:1 transformer, etc.

> I bought some RG6 quad shield (about 20 metres of it, nice cable and wasn't
> as expensive as I thought) and ran up to the back fence and lo and behold,
> the noise level was brought down considerably. Put in 9:1 transformer
> (looks just like that built one they have at shortwavestore.com) and the
> noise comes down a fraction more. Thanks for the suggestions, don't know
> why I didn't pull my finger out and do something like this a long time
> ago. Now I just have to dig a decent hole and get some sort of a long rod
> for an earth and I'll be laughing.

> Regarding earths, has anyone tried the trick I saw on hard-core-dx.com
> where you bury your earth rod in kitty litter? If so, how do you find it?

> Thanks
> Luke.