I have always used wire antennas and verticals on 40 meters with good
success. I recently acquired a KLM 40M-1 "dipole module". This is
essentially a 47 foot single element antenna which is intended to be placed
above another HF beam. I've never used anything like this before.
I only bought it because the price was irresistible, but now I'm thinking I
might want to use it above my KT-34XA. I know it should be mounted in line
with the XA's boom.
Will I get better DX performance with this antenna at about 60 ft. than a
full size dipole at about 50 feet (which generally ends up with the ends
drooping down to 30-35 feet)? Will I notice the directive effects as I
rotate this antenna?
I have lots of 50-55 foot pine trees to hang wires in, but this antenna
seems like it might work. On the other hand, my XA will load the 25G/Hazer
and Ham IV rotator pretty well, so had only planned to top it with a
2-meter beam. (This isn't much bigger than a 2M beam - just 2 sq ft. )
What do you think? Send to me and I'll summarize for the group.
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