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[TowerTalk] ground screen for new lawn

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Subject: [TowerTalk] ground screen for new lawn
From: (T. A. Russell)
Date: Tue, 27 May 1997 19:41:33 EDT
On Tue, 27 May 1997 09:21:19 -0400 (EDT) "Charles H. Harpole"
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>Help me here, but if grnd screen has no effect on HF Yagis, then why 
>height above gnd important to Yagis ?  de K4VUD

        Height above the REFLECTION  POINT determines the angle of
        For LEVEL ground, that is the same as the height of the antenna
        the ground underneath, but, there is (almost) NO  USEFUL
        from the ground directly underneath a horizontally polarized 
        especially on the higher bands and therefore ground screens under

        the tower       provide no benefit to high band Yagi's.  The
reflection zone
        will be from 2 to 10 times the tower height for most useful
angles of 
        radiation. -   de   TOM   N4KG

>On Mon, 26 May 1997, T. A. Russell wrote:
>> Two things come to mind:
>> First, a ground screen does nothing for HF Yagi's (for two reasons)
>>      a - A Yagi has a NULL straight up and straight down
>>      b - The GROUND  REFLECTION point is hundreds of feet from 
>> tower
>> Second, a ground screen WILL benefit any VERTICALLY polarized 
>antenna on
>> or around the tower, but may rust out in a few years.  My galvanized
>> electric
>> fence wire radials were heavily rusted in 3 to 5 years.  The ground
>> reflection
>> from your quarter wave slopers is likely to be beyond the range of 
>> screen.
>> A shunt fed tower for 160M would benefit from the ground screen.
>> de Tom N4KG
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