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Newbie needs help with a REM-POD build

Crosx731

Oct 28, 2022
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Hello all,

First off I’m a total newbie in the world of components, wiring, voltage.. building electronics in general. So if what I say is laughable feel free to laugh, but I’d love some advice.

My Goal: to build a custom Rem-Pod for my paranormal investigation.

My build: I’m using like many others a Junior Theremin kit for the heart of my build. 5mm led diodes (4), 1 piezo, rocker power switch, 4” coupler as housing, and removable telescope antenna.

The issue: Everything works well enough when it’s benched. However when I assemble it in the housing I seem to lose a LOT of strength from the antenna. I’m assuming hy strength I mean the EMF emitting from it.

I’ve tried making sure the solder is good on the antenna and again it seems to be stronger when it’s benched or splayed out on the table.

Is there anything I can do to improve that strength? It’s worth noting that when it’s working best splayed out the antenna reach is about 3” out before it starts to pick things up. Like 1” when assembled. It’s almost like the nest of wires on the inside take over as the antenna and all the EMF is strapped instead of going to the external antenna if that makes sense. Would using a thinner wire gauge help? I’m using I think 22 right now.

I’ll include some photos as well

Any questions as I’m sure you will have let me know and I will answer them to the best of my ability.
 

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