Duncan, I have used a number of vee beams, both terminated and unterminated.
Usually fed with open wire line. Personally, I would not suggest using them
for contesting unless you live in an area like Asia or the South Pacific where
there might be a fairly narrow beam heading path to the contest multitudes.
For EU, I don't think that he would be happy. The beamwidth for really good
gain (ie 3 - 5 wavelength legs) is just too narrow. You WILL BE LOUD but only
to some people. Unless of course you can set up a 6 - 10 points of the compass
vee beam array, which is one whale of an undertaking.
I would suggest wire yagiis in a couple of strategic directions. Long
(effective) boom length wire yagiis will give excellent gain with much broader
beam width and are cheap to put up.
Also, take a look at the points of the compass to US, Asia, Pacific, and
Africa. Possibly a long wire will work which would have 2 lobes rather than
one like the vee beam.
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