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Re: [TenTec] New and Improved Terminology (NVIS origins)

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Subject: Re: [TenTec] New and Improved Terminology (NVIS origins)
From: Jack Mandelman <modelman@ieee.org>
Reply-to: k1vt@arrl.net, Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment <tentec@contesting.com>
Date: Thu, 06 Jan 2011 13:37:09 -0500
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And, as the base of the ground plane vertical is further elevated above 
a smaller portion of the near field fringes through the ground, and the 
increases.  In the infinite height limit (free space) all of the near 
field is between
the vertical element and the radials. At about a quarter wave above 
ground a single
radial is highly efficient, although the azimuthal radiation pattern is 
Such an approach may be used to provide some directivity in a direction 
of interest.

Keep in mind that as the centroid (the base of a standard ground plane) 
of the
vertically oriented current distribution increases above a quarter wave 
ground, a larger fraction of the energy is radiated at higher angles.

I have obtained good results with the base at a quarter wave above 
ground and 2
radials.  In this configuration the input impedance of the antenna is 
affected by seasonal changes in ground moisture content (wet vs dry), 
since coupling
to ground is weak.

Jack K1VT

> That's true.  But the best solution is to use raised radials a few feet
> above the ground (I used 10 feet).  Just 3 raised radials has been 
> show to
> make the antenna as efficient as 10 to 30 ground radials.  And you don't
> have all the work of burying the radials.

> Carl Moreschi N4PY
> 121 Little Bell Drive
> Hays, NC 28635
> www.n4py.com

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