I'm hoping Towertalk folks might be able to help me with my first
tower related decision -- whether or not I should bother putting one
up at all.
You see, I just moved to a new house, and my situation there will
allow me to put dipoles up in trees about 45-55 feet above ground. I
can also put up a modest roof tower, but I will only be able to get a
beam up about 25 feet. (BTW, I'm not complaining, this is a big
improvement over the no-outdoor-antenna townhouse we moved from!)
It seems to me that the higher dipole is clearly the way to go for 20
meters and down -- but what about fifteen? 25 feet is, after all, just about
a half-wavelength at 15 meters. It seems to me that a roof tower and
a 2 or 3-element monobander for 15 might be enough better than the dipole
to be worth doing. Or should I go for a 10 meter yagi, and pray for
sunspots? Or just stick with wire antennas?
As may be obvious, I've never owned a tower or rotatable antenna of
any description. Any advice will be happily received . . .
C. J. " Jeff" Shelton
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