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Old 07-17-2018, 07:04 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Double the antenna length and run it up from the receiver, do not let it hang down. Also increase the ground plane by mounting the receivers on a metal pan. When using the transmitter, touch a metal pole with its antenna, you will be surprised at what can happen. some of this can defy logic!!
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Old 07-17-2018, 07:49 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I have a set up where the original Aristo train engeneer's receiver antena just goes through the cat trap which the trains use to get outdoors from the indoor terminal, and it works both indoors and outdoors pretty well. But it doesn't go around the house though.
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Originally Posted by sschaer View Post
sorry for not getting back to you earlier.

as mentioned my layout runs around the house.

i also tried to use a longer antenna on the receiver. doubled the length, 4x the length. did not help.

mounting the receiver above the roof line would mean to mount it 15ft above the tracks. exposed to wind and rain. probably not a really nice place for electronics.
btw, roof size is 38x80ft ....

I actually mounted mine inside an old telephone wiring box that I got for free when they changed over to newer boxes in my neighborhood. Got quite a few of them for free since they were just going to take them and throw them away.

I sanded out the interior, let the antenna wire dangle, as well as the power and accessory wires leave our from the covered openings where the wire and cables went into the box.

The boxes are weatherproof, but the signal still gets to the RX'er inside with no failure rate. The wind or rain hasn't bothered mine and it's been out there for going on 6 years now.

So you can make it a bit more weatherproof and still function fine mounting it above a roof line with a little thicker wood and zip ties.

Mine has withstood 2 hurricanes and still functions great.
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