Improving your radio antenna

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  1. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Just by chance I added a ground wire to my antenna base and its performance was much better. Radio gets many more stations.
    Just thought I would pass it on.
     
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    Ham set, or what?
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Am/fm. Sorry
     
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    A good ground plane is always good.
     
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    Please post a link to the antenna - I would like to understand what it was and how you connected your ground to it.
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Just a car antenna assembly. You run a wire from the metal part that would go thru a cars fender (connect the wire with a mini hose clamp) and run it to a white 12 volt ground wire.
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    I have an radio antenna on my TT , but it looks like i have to climb on the roof to get it to stand up stright. In travel mode it lays on its side. It still works that way. Why would they make it like that , idk.
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    It was probably folded down for a cover, etc. You could keep it up all the time. Mind is replaced by a flexible rubber one.
     
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    I have to loom at it better, i dont use the radio much, but like everything else, i need it to work well. I might move it and the flexable one is a good option.
     
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    if the antenna cord was coax AND IF the coax and had its shield wire connected to the plug at the radio and and also connected to the antenna base, your extra wire should have made no difference
     
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    Would that applie if the ground on the camper wasnt good? Would it bypass the reguler ground and add another path? Just asking as i an trying to figure the ground thing out after my break fiasco.
     
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    Ground plane weakness was a problem when first used in a fiber glass vehicle. Later the receivers had such high gain that one could easily sacrifice the ground plane for aesthetics and aerodynamics. Grounding a vehicle to earth ground would most likely help reception of weak stations.
     
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