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[TowerTalk] New Discussion: Dipole Secrets Part II

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Subject: [TowerTalk] New Discussion: Dipole Secrets Part II
From: (Jim Reisert AD1C)
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 22:38:51 -0400
At 07:39 AM 4/28/98 -0700, Ward Silver wrote:

>Assuming we're talking 80-m here, I wouldn't bother with the low dipole
>except for regional coverage where a high radiation angle is a Good Thing.
>Low, horizontal wires aren't going to put much energy below 30 degrees of
>vertical angle.

Well, since 1 October 1997 I've worked S7, D6, FR5, 5R, H44, H40, KH2, 8Q7,
UA9 and a bunch of less difficult stuff with a G5RV only 35 feet (10
meters) high.  The antenna has a little droop to it, I think one end is
about 40 feet high, the other about 30 feet high.  The balun just touches
the ground.  My QTH is 1/2 acre in a suburban neighborhood, no height above
average terrain.

I''ve also worked 25 countries on 160 with this same antenna using just 100
watts and the radio's internal antenna tuner.   Mostly North America and
Europe, but also includes KH6.

Don't discount low antennas out-of-hand.

73 - Jim AD1C

Jim Reisert AD1C <>

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