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Re: Topband: Inverted L or 1/4 wave sloper?

Subject: Re: Topband: Inverted L or 1/4 wave sloper?
From: Augie Hansen <>
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 08:11:31 -0700
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Ryszard Tymkiewicz wrote:
> ...
> Jim I agree with Don K5AQ.. My tower is slightly higher ..18 meters and the 
> yagi is just above it.
> I was using 1/4 wave sloper for almost 15 years and I'v thought its the best  
> solution (#280 wkd using that sloper),
> but 3 years ago I tuned the tower and I used gamma match..the difference 
> between 1/4 wave sloper and 
> matched tower was 1 to 3 S...favouring the tower. Its easy to make and to try 
> it....

Hi Rys,

My tower is  58 feet tall and supports an LPDA at 60 feet (plus some 6m 
antennas at 70 feet, but they don't influence the top-loading 

Regarding your shunt-fed tower:
- What kind of radial system do you have for the tower?
- What wire or tubing size do you use for the gamma "rod""
- What is the rod-to-tower spacing and how high up is the tap point?
- Do you use a single series capacitor or an Omega match (two caps) at 
the input?

I ask because I am currently using a 1/4-wave sloper and would like to 
try the shunt-fed arrangement again. I had used a shunt-fed tower at a 
previous QTH with good success, but haven't done it here due to a very 
limited area for a radial field on a city lot.

Gus Hansen

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