hooked up rg58 from se end of the aforementioned ant and ran it overhead to tv ant mast at garage. tv ant is at 16 ft, so is just high enough to keep rg out of trouble. rg is not dangling from ant wire as originally considered.
shield is isolated at ant end, and is available at radio end.
i'm running a sweat here, taking short cuts left and right. gotta hear some xtal!
so, for ground i'm using the shield of an old coax leadin from a defunct ant, which is coiled up hanging on garage outside wall, but still runs to the workbench. the shield of this coax was connected to power meter ground rod last time i used it several years ago. it still oughtta be good, right?
next, i grab a chinese 1n34a diode and a chunk of bulgarian galena, my vtg mag earphones and some clips, wire and other crap. the only coil i see is a vtg physics lab induction coil, iron core, like a 10 lb loaf of bread.
i'm frothing at the mouth by now so i start hooking stuff up left and right. i used the typical configuration, ant on one side of coil, gnd on other side. off ant side i go thru diode into phones, then phones to gnd side of coil. ran out of alligator clips. vice grips will do.
shaking like a leaf with anticipation, i place the phones on my head.
several at once, but couple are pretty loud. gads am i ecstatic. been too long away from it, i guess.
now the fun begins. the shield of the ant coax is just dangling, not connected to anything. if i connect it to the gnd side of the coil, i get one station only, and quite loud and clear. boy, that's neat. until the station id announces seaview radio, 95.9 FM! wth???? hmmmmm.
i'm surprised, but not shocked. weird stuff happens. seaview radio also broadcasts on 960 am, but the guy said fm, not am. when multi stations are heard, wjno am1290 is the loudest.
i'm sure i'll get this all sorted out when i get serious about it and start connecting some tuning parts and pieces. until then, i'm dissipating my anxiety with this foolishness.
why fm, though?
later, i'll post something on the proper forum about my bulgarian experiment.
onct, when i was younger, i knew everything. now, i'm old and jeswondering.