> Does anyone have any advice for wire antenna for my operation beginning
> July 8, 1997 for 20 days as 9N1VUD in Kathmandu, Nepal? I plan to use
> 14.195 plus or minus and 14.226.5 around 1300 Z. What other one band
> should I choose? Likely will have access to hotel roof for
Nepal is an extremely rare country here in the states for CW
operators. Most operations have been SSB only, including the very
active (late) 9N1MM who I never once heard on the air. JA operations
also come and go from Nepal without being heard by anybody here. I
suggest a two element wire beam designed for 14.025 and beamed due
north. The easiest way to erect one is to sling a support wire due
north and south that will hold up the apexes of two inverted vees.
The first one is the driven element, and the second is a reflector.
Tie the ends of the elements down wherever you can (trees, stakes in
the ground, etc.) Here are your dimensions as designed by K6STI's
Element Spacing: 15' 11"
Driven Element (per side) 17' 0"
Reflector (per side) 17' 6"
Design Freq: 14.025 (where 9N is especially rare)
Get it up as high as you can for polar work. The antenna has plenty
of gain for two simple wires. I have used two element inverted vees
on 40 with good success, and they were an important factor in two
consecutive 1st place finishes at Field Day (1995 & 96) in 2A. They
should work well on 20, which is your best window stateside from 9N.
Roy - AD5Q
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