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## Topband: 3/8 Wavelength Inverted-L

 To: Topband: 3/8 Wavelength Inverted-L btippett@alum.mit.edu (Bill Tippett) Fri, 17 May 2002 18:23:02 +0100
 ```W0NFL wrote: >I think we should listen to W1BB on the subject of inverted L 3/8 and also the inverted L 1/2 wave is also a excellent ant. Why does the computer say the 1/4 L has a lower angle, maybe because the computer shows a perfect ground system with the 1/4. Jim, the NEC model assumed the same ground for both. A 3/8 wave inverted-L with only 60' vertical is quite a diffentent beast from a true 3/8 wave vertical. My 180' tower is nearly 3/8 wavelengths high and it has the following pattern characteristics compared to a 3/8 wl inverted-L: Antenna Takeoff angle 3 dB Vert beamwidth 3/8 Inv-L 90 degrees 22-158 degrees 3/8 Vert 20 degrees 6.5-45 degrees >I always thought the angle would go down until the antenna lenght would reach 5/8 wave and then go back up. I would think that still would work on bent vertical antennas from 1/4 up to 5/8 wave. Anyway back when chasing DX on 160 was tough in the 60s and 70s loran and power limits of about 100 watts out. the longer inverted Ls were outdoing the bent 1/4 verticals. talk to some of the old timers on this. As ON4UN says in his book "...the longer the vertical part of the antenna, the better the low-angle radiation characteristics of the antenna..." A 60' 1/4 wave inverted-L is about 46% vertical while a 60' high 3/8 wave inverted-L is only 30% vertical, so it really works much more like a low dipole than a vertical. While we can all choose to believe anything we want, I have much more faith in NEC models than anecdotes, war stories and legends...but to each their own. Here is a brief summary of the NEC model which most current antenna modeling software is based on: "The Numerical Electromagnetics Code (NEC) has been developed at the Lawerence Livermore Laboratory, Livermore, California, under the sponsorship of the Naval Ocean Systems Center and the Air Force Weapons Laboratory. It is an advanced version of the Antenna Modeling Program (AMP) developed in the early 1970's by MBAssociates for the Naval Research Laboratory, Naval Ship Engineering Cneter, U.S. Army ECOM/communications Systems, U.S. Army Strategic Communications Command, and Rome Air Development Cneter under Office of Naval Research Contract N00014-71-C-0187. The present version of NEC is the result of efforts by G. J. Berk and A. J. poggio of Lawrence Livermore Laboratory." 73, Bill W4ZV ```
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