How To Make a Simple Powerful AM Loop Antenna For Free

AM-loop-3There are few truly magical things in this world that are practically free.
This DIY AM antenna is best used outdoors but you can make it work inside by somehow re-routing the wires. It amplifies all weak AM signals, so a powerful local station might be heard over your entire AM radio dial.

Here is what you need:

• 100′ or more of any type of insulated wire you can easily work with
• Twist or Zip ties or tape to hold the shape of the coil
• (2) alligator clips (available at most electronics stores)
• (1) three or four foot ground stake (any metal stake or 1/2″ diameter or greater pipe)
• (1) adjustable pipe clamp that fits around your metal stake

1. Form a three inch coil with seven turns. Secure into a round shape with ties or tape. The attached alligator clip shown below will be connected to no less than 60′ of your antenna wire. Generally the longer the antenna wire the better so if you have a 100′ antenna wire, that’s good.

2. The other end (not shown) of the coil will go to the ground stake so leave enough wire. The ground stake can be driven into a convenient and safe place nearby.

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3. For maximum reception, stretch the antenna wire out perpendicular to the station you want to listen to. That means if you draw a make-believe line toward the station, you want to lay the antenna wire out 90 degrees to that imaginary line. You can mount the wire at any height, but consider eight feet for safety.

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4. Bare the end of the antenna wire (I use a knife or diagonal pliers) and clip it to the coil. You really don’t need the alligator clips, but it is much more reliable than twisting wire together.

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5. Our antenna did not work on the pipe we used until we sanded the rust away on a small section under the clamp. What you can’t see is that the dirt is damp. This is also important to make the ground work. If you have bone dry soil you may have to dump quite a bit of water on the dirt to make the soil more conductive. Clip the wire to the clamp.

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6. Grand Magic Test: Tune your radio to a very weak station. You don’t need a signal meter but it is fun to watch it register the gain. Move the coil near the radio until you hear the station improve. You don’t actually attach this antenna to the radio. The coil intensifies the signal which is inductively picked up by the ferrite antenna inside the radio. A 1400 KHz station in our area went from “no discernible signal” to “full power”. Please let us know of your successes or failures so fellow listeners can benefit from your experiences.

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You can experiment with the diameter of the coil, the number of turns and the length of antenna wire you use. If you want to see some other great AM antennas try searching am loop antenna DIY. We would love it if you send a comment and/or picture that we can post.

This antenna works great on the AM band because of the properties of these frequencies. Loop antennas can work on other frequencies also but need some modification because of the frequency property differences. There are probably some discoveries to be made in the future with loop antenna research.

If you’re not interested in building your own antenna, then C. Crane has one of the most powerful, patented AM antennas available; The Twin Coil Ferrite® AM Antenna Signal Booster.

As always, we value your opinion and encourage questions. Please feel free to contact us or leave a comment.

 

 

 

 

Radio Recording

Recording your favorite radio program or music may seem like a challenge but really it’s quite simple. Here you’ll read why recording live radio and music is so convenient and we’ll offer suggestions of possible recording devices that may work for you.

Why would someone want to record a live radio program or music?

If you enjoy listening to a radio program daily but don’t have time to listen live or stay up late to catch it, you can record the program and play it back at your convenience. It’s free and subscription is not required.
Purchasing music can be expensive. Recording music can be free! If you listen to music from a computer or from an internet radio you can record and play back whenever you like. This is an easy solution to getting music that can be costly.

What will you need to record live radio or music?

Picking the right device to record and for playback is important. Here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself when making the decision.

CC Witness PlusWill you need a portable device?

Having a portable recording device is convenient because sometimes you just need to record your favorite program, song or interview on the fly. Also, your music or radio program is available to listen to at any time whether in your car, on a walk or jog or even when waiting in a line at the grocery store. We suggest the CC Witness Plus. It is small, light-weight, runs on a battery pack, has built in microphones, AM/FM radio and can go anywhere with you. It also has a built in 2GB memory card and the ability to add additional memory. Patch cords are included.

Sangean DAR101Will you need a stationary device?

A stationary recording device is normally much larger. It’s considered “table size” and can even be compared to the classic tape recorder. Most stationary devices are supplied with electric cords and have the ability to run on batteries. They have larger display screens and an easier menu to read. The buttons are larger for simple recording and playback. The speaker is also larger which makes for better sound quality.
We suggest the Sangean DAR 101 Digital Recorder. It is considered a stationary recording and playback device that has a large and legible display screen, built in microphones and a high quality speaker.
It can be powered by either batteries or a power cord. There is no built in memory but it uses a standard SD card of any brand and size. The Sangean Dar 101 does not have a radio built in but will connect to most AM/FM radios, a computer or audio device you would like to record from. A patch cord to record from other devices is necessary and is not included.

Will you need something that is both portable and stationary?

Sangean PRD8Having both a portable and stationary recording device may be necessary for the recording aficionado. We suggest the Sangean PRD8 for this purpose. It’s portable and comes with an electric cord or runs on batteries, records from the built in AM/FM radio or the built in microphone and can connect to other devices. There is no built in memory and requires a standard SD card of any brand or size. A patch cord to record from other devices is necessary and is not included.

You’ll never be able to live without your digital recorder and player

Recording live radio and music is no longer a challenge with digital recording devices and playback is simple and very convenient. Missing your favorite show or song is practically impossible now.

We want to hear about your experience with digital recording and also any questions you may have. Please feel free to leave us a comment or contact us.

 

Happy 4th of July from the C. Crane Family

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

The Fourth of July is a day for fun, sun and the kickoff of summer. Flags are raised; the smell of barbeque permeates the neighborhoods, the tunes are flowing and fireworks light the night sky with beauty.

The Fourth of July in the U.S. is just more than a regular day. It’s a day we reflect on our own personal independence and the day we celebrate the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

But did you know that July 4th, 1776 was not the actual day the Continental Congress decided to declare independence? That was done on July 2, 1776. And did you know that Thomas Jefferson didn’t write the first draft for the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776? That was done in April of 1776. And it wasn’t really signed until August 2nd, 1776.

What really happened on the 4th of July in 1776 was the approval and final wording of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress and the date the original copies of the Declaration of Independence were circulated throughout the new nation.

We found a great article with more details about why we celebrate Independence Day here.

Radio plays an important role on the 4th of July. Whether you’re listening to your favorite tunes while boogieing down at the block party or tuning into an annual program dedicated especially to the Fourth of July, you will find valuable content on the radio this holiday. CBS will be broadcasting the live pre-show reports from the Macy’s 4th of July Firework Spectacular in New York on WINS 1010. If you don’t live in New York but want to hear the show, you can check it out on a CC WiFi Internet radio. Find out more 4th of July radio program info here and what’s going on in different parts of the US.

So while you’re enjoying the day, try to reflect on the true reason we celebrate Independence Day and take a moment to appreciate our freedom.

We want to know… What does Independence Day mean to you?