> My gut tells me that a high tower is a handicap on SS and any other
> contest. Long haul DX may be different but is it going to make a
> in my score in ARRL DX, CQWW, etc.?
yes, it can help. But you have to think stacks, not just one high
antenna. A perfect example is my 4 ele 10m at 180'. It opens 10m to
africa and europe a half hour before the lower antennas, but after that
the stack at 30'/60'/90' fixed at europe is much better most of the
time. Being able to rotate the bottom ones toward stateside is also a
big help for domestic tests where the 180' high one is only good for
some slightly better ground wave qso's within new england.
David Robbins K1TTT
AR-Cluster node: 145.69MHz or telnet://dxc.k1ttt.net