Carl Van Orden is an independent supplier of antennas, coils and parts that can be purchased from him for use with the SSTRAN AMT3000.
This page is hosted by SSTRAN as a convenience to our customers. All information is posted exactly as written by Carl.
RECENT UPDATES: THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS UPDATES ON THIS PAGE IN 2010.
THE TOTAL PRICE LIST IS LOCATED JUST BEFORE MY OPINION SECTION ON INSTALLATION OF THE ANTENNA.
ALL BOLD PRINT HEREIN IS CONSIDERED A 2010 UPDATE.
IN BETWEEN, THERE IS A DESCRIPTION OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES.
PLEASE READ THIS WHOLE PAGE SO THAT YOU TOTALLY UNDERSTAND OUR PRODUCTS, PRICES AND INSTALLATION INFORMATION. EMAIL WCRV977FM@AOL.COM WITH ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE. I strongly recommend that if you are installing an AMT3000, that you read and then print out the instructions on the www.sstran.com website. There, you will quickly find just about any answer to any question you may have! I am available for any antenna question you may have as well.
UPDATED 2-8-2010 SSTRAN3000
(If you were quoted, by me, a sales price, a 2009 price, a clearance price in 2010, that price stands.
The following prices will be in effect as of 2-10-2010, and are indeed discounted from regular 2009 prices).............
Carl Van Orden
954C Golf Park Drive
Lake Ariel, PA 19436
Money Orders accepted via mail; no personal checks UNLESS you get authorization from me.
PAY PAL INFORMATION:
Starting February 14, 2010 we will once again ACCEPT PAY PAL.
To pay using PAYPAL, go to the paypal site, (www.paypal.com), go to YOUR account, and use the email address firstname.lastname@example.org to pay. Please include a home address where one or two large boxes can be delivered.
Please allow at least 2 weeks after I receive payment for manufacture of your unit. I will email you when I receive payment and when I ship out your unit. USPS.
ALL ORDERS INCLUDE SHIPPING WITHIN THE 48 LOWER STATES. OVERSEAS AND ALASKA WILL HAVE ADDED-ON POSTAGE WHICH WE WILL DISCUSS VIA EMAIL.
UPDATE 2/11/10: YOU MAY SEE A NICE PICTURE OF THE ANTENNA ON OUR 'OLD' WEBSITE;
http://antenna18431.tripod.com/antenna.htm. (clickable). None of the pricing information is valid but it does show a nice picture of the antenna, and some of the information is still valid. This site is outdated and no longer serviced.
THE BUILDER OF AMT-3000 TRANSMITTERS EXCLUSIVELY IS PAT RYAN. HE CAN BE REACHED AT http://ontheair3.com. IF YOU INTEND TO USE YOUR SSTRAN AM UNIT WITH THIS ANTENNA, YOU 'must' TELL PAT YOU WANT YOUR TRANSMITTER BUILT TO ACCEPT IT. IF YOU ARE BUILDING YOUR OWN TRANSMITTER, YOU 'must' BUILD IT TO SSTRAN SPECS TO INSURE IT CAN ACCEPT THE COIL-BASED ANTENNA.
I USE LARGER MEASUREMENTS THAN THE WWW.SSTRAN.COM SITE USES, THEREFORE THE 3/4" BASE COPPER PIPE ON THE SSTRAN SITE IS 1", THE TOP COPPER PIPE ANTENNA WHICH MEASURES 1/2" IS 3/4" ON MY VERSION OF THE ANTENNA. SO, YOUR BASE MAST PIPE, AND TOP PIPE MEASUREMENTS ON MY VERSION OF THE ANTENNA IS 2", NOT 1 1/2" AS SPEC'D ON THE SSTRAN SITE. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW IF YOU PLAN TO ORDER JUST THE IN LINE COIL IN 2010.
SSTRAN PARTS AVAILABLE FOR 2010.....PRICING INCLUDES SHIPPING.....
3"x11" coil: side-mount (tunable 1500-1710kHz) comes with long ties, $110.00 (I now recommend the coil be covered with a heavy plastic bag, such as a long/wide Ziploc)
3"x11" inline coil (does not mount on side, mounts in between bottom of antenna and top of mast pipe/2" hole on top and bottom of coil for mounting: no box,but with long ties. PRICE; $120.00. (I recommend the coil be covered with a heavy plastic bag, such as a long/wide Ziploc).
18"X3" SIDE MOUNT COIL (TUNABLE TO 1300KhZ) No Box; $180.00 SPECIAL ORDER!!!....ALLOW 3+ WEEKS FOR DELIVERY
Taps are scraped and ready to use. Capped top and bottom. Coil is coated in polyurethane.
10-10'0" radial: KEPT IN STOCK $75.00 Save $20 over 2009 price.
20-10'0" radial: $130.00. Save over $20.00 over 2009 price.
UPDATE; THE 20X10 RADIAL GROUND SYSTEM IS RECOMMENDED FOR THE BEST SIGNAL BY OUR ENGINEER.
OUR BASIC ANTENNA USES THE 10X10 GROUND SYSTEM (TO KEEP COSTS DOWN).
20-20'0" radial: BUILT TO ORDER $190.00 Save $25.00 over 2009 price
Ground systems are stiff bare copper wire (shipped curled, easy to straighten) soldered to a ring designed to be attached to your mast pipe.
STANDARD ANTENNA: $275.00 reduced from 2009!!
My version of the sstran antenna uses a 2" mast pipe vs 1 1/2" plan spec, 1" vs 3/4" bushing and 1" and 3/4" copper antenna tubing vs 3/4" and 1/2" plan spec. This makes the antenna stronger and provides a better bandwidth.
Comes with mast pipe, insulator, electrical box, 10x10 ground system, 3x11 standard coil, connections, and 1'0"x1" base copper pipe and clamps. Does not include 98"x3/4" top copper pipe due to shipping restrictions.
INLINE COIL ANTENNA $285.00 reduced from 2009!!
UPDATE; ANTENNA WITH 20-10'0" RADIALS; $350.00
The same as above, except that the coil is in-line with the antenna, meaning the coil will not be sidemounted.
OTHER PARTS AVAILABLE THIS YEAR:
8x8x4" Transmitter box: $50.00 shipped.
Parts for the antenna you can not get: Email for price/shipping.
UPDATE; IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT A PART I BUILT SEVERAL YEARS BACK, 'TOPHAT' HAS BEEN SHOWN TO INCREASE FIELD INTENSITY BY OUR ENGINEER. THE TOP HAT IS A COPPER PIECE THAT FITS ON TOP OF YOUR ANTENNA. BECAUSE THIS WILL MAKE YOUR ANTENNA TOP HEAVY, IF YOU PLAN TO USE IT WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU GUY YOUR ANTENNA (PREFERABLY WITH ROPE). WE RECOMMEND THAT ANYWAY, BUT MORESO IF YOU USE THE TOPHAT.
COPPER TOP HAT (fits on top of your antenna): $50 EXTRA (you must ask for this ACCESSORY).
If you plan to build your own antenna and are having trouble obtaining certain parts for it, I keep stock on the parts. You may write me for a price list on parts.
The antenna itself is fairly easy to build, but becomes pricey due to it's weight and size. For those of whom can, I strongly recommend that you build your basic antenna and order coils and ground systems from me. You will save money, both in building your own antenna and order your coil and ground system from me. The coil is a challenge to build if you have never wound one, and the material is cost prohibitive if you are only building one coil. The ground system is not difficult to build but is time consuming. To date I have built over 200 coils and ground systems/antennas.
UPDATE: IT IS NOW RECOMMENDED YOU USE A TIGHT PLASTIC BAGGIE OVER YOUR COIL.
IN THE FUTURE, MY ANTENNA WILL COME WITH A STERILITE BOX #1874, WHICH WILL FIT A SIDE MOUNTED ANTENNA. (CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE, BUT WILL BE MADE PART OF THE BASIC ANTENNA BUILD). THIS WILL HELP KEEP WATER/MOISTURE OFF YOUR COIL WHICH WILL PROVIDE A BETTER OVERALL DAILY SIGNAL.
UPDATE, AS OF THIS DATE (2-11-10) WE ARE BEHIND ON FILLING ORDERS. I AM OUT OF BASIC PARTS AND AM AWAITING DELIVERY, WHICH PUTS ME THREE TO FOUR WEEKS BEHIND ON PREBUILDING PARTS. I AM SORRY FOR THIS INCONVIENENCE. I WILL DO A FIRST COME/FIRST SERVE BASIS ON ALL ORDERS TO GET THEM TO YOU BEFORE SPRING ARRIVES.
All prices INCLUDE shipping, USPS, within the 48 states. Please write for overseas shipping because that cost will be added to the cost of your order.
UPDATE: WE WILL ACCEPT PAYPAL STARTING 2/14/10, INFORMATION ON TOP OF THIS PAGE...
Please provide a shipping address where a package can be delivered (not a P.O. Box). I will write you when I ship your package.
Write me, the Antenna Guy at:
email@example.com Subject: Coil/Antenna
1. SIDE MOUNTED ANTENNA WITH 10X10 GROUND SYSTEM: $275.00
2. IN LINE ANTENNA WITH 10X10 GROUND SYSTEM: $285.00
3. SIDE MOUNT ANT WITH 20X10 GROUND SYSTEM; $350.00
4. SIDE MOUNT ANT WITH 20X20 GROUND SYSTEM; $390.00
5. IN LINE ANTENNA WITH 20X10 GROUND SYSTEM: $360.00
6. IN LINE ANTENNA WITH 20X20 GROUND SYSTEM: $400.00
ACCESSORIES: (ORDER ONLY IF YOU WANT TO BUY AN ANTENNA PART)
1. 3X11 SIDE MOUNT COIL: $110.00
2. 3X11 IN LINE COIL: $120.00
3. 3X18 SIDE MOUNT COIL: $180.00
4. 10X10'0 GROUND SYSTEM: $75.00
5. 20X10'0 GROUND SYSTEM: $130.00
6. 20X20"0 GROUND SYSTEM: $190.00
7. TOP HAT: $50.00
8. 8"X8"X8" WEATHERPROOF TRANSMITTER BOX: $50.00
9. STERILITE WEATHERPROOF COIL BOX (N/A AS YET) $10.00
ADDRESS FOR SENDING A MONEY ORDER IS AT THE TOP. INFO FOR PAYING WITH PAYPAL IS ALSO AT THE TOP.
My Opinion on Mounting This Antenna:
I feel that the antenna is best mounted on the ground, where the ground system can be spread evenly (like a clock) around the mast pipe. A basic installation would find the antenna in the center of a plot of land 20'0"x20-0" in a best case scenario. Many people forget or do not realize that AM is a ground based signal, not an air based system. The ground system acts as a counterpoise to the antenna as it provides a mirror image of the antenna thereby increasing range and/or strength of signal. Of course, a clear frequency and good ground conductivity contribute to a better overall signal.
Another key to a good signal is proper tuning. This antenna tunes two ways: via a sliding copper pipe and by choosing the correct tap. Tuning is trial and error; some customers gain resonance quickly while others find it a challenge. This antenna is NOT plug and play.
This antenna was designed to compliment and increase the signal generated by a transmitter(s) designed initially to provide signal basically to a house and to it's surrounding yard. Range depends solely on proper installation, proper tuning, a clear frequency and good ground conductivity. If you intend to use this antenna to provide a larger listening area, the transmitter will need to be modified to accept the antenna. The antenna will NOT work on a sstran if the transmitter is a basic unit which is designed to accept a thin/short wire antenna. Your transmitter can be ordered to accept this antenna and if your model is a basic model, it can be modified.
In the 8+ years I have been building this antenna and it's parts I have heard from customers who have installed it in virtually every sort of situation; between buildings, in an attic, in the center of a living room floor, in a closet, on a deck/balcony: the list goes on and on. A close by wall will indeed limit your signal so it is best to give the antenna as much "breathing room" as you can. I have heard from customers and have witnessed this personally during testing that by installing radials to one side or some sides of the antenna make it somewhat directional. Radials can be left on top of ground/sod, stone. If buried, they should only be buried 1/2 to 3/4" deep, enough to avoid them if you were using a lawnmower. A buried ground system also provides lightening protection.
The antenna can and often is mounted on a roof where the ground radials can be spread as evenly as possible. While a radial is often attached to an iron railing to provide additional ground it is not recommended to attach a radial to an electrical outlet or to a water pipe which may ultimately be connected to a concrete or pvc pipe underground.
The sstran specs assume you will use a short ground wire to a lightening rod for lightening protection. All AM antennas should be grounded, however a lightening rod does not provide a counterpoise and does not compliment your signal.
I believe I am the first to recommend ground systems for transmitting antennas like this; prior to this there was no talk of using one. ALL commercial AM radio stations use some sort of a ground system.
PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE; EMAIL CARL 'THE ANTENNA GUY' AT firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Money Orders or PAYPAL. INSTRUCTIONS; GO TO YOUR PAYPAL SITE, USE THE EMAIL ADDRESS WCRV@MAIL.COM. IF YOU DO NOT DO THIS WE WILL NOT GET YOUR ORDER, SO I SUGGEST YOU EMAIL ME AT THIS ADDRESS; email@example.com and let me know you ordered something via PAYPAL.
UPDATE; IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION REGARDING THE SSTRAN TRANSMITTER, IT IS BEST TO EMAIL PHIL DIRECTLY. HIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Units are built to order and are non-refundable. Please follow our recommendations as to care and maintenance of your antenna. I welcome questions at any time.