>From 1970 until the late 1980s I used only dipoles (and random
wires at times). With that I worked 300+ countries, 5BDXCC and 5BWAS.
At one location on Long Island (abt 10 miles from the water), the
dipoles worked so well, , especially on the low bands, several people
came by to look as they didn't believe how well they played. This
dipole was a simple fan dipole with wires for 80, 40, 20, and 10 on one
feedline. It was 5 ft above the roof of an old 3 story apartment
I think today's packet pileups and increased prevalence of low band
Yagis and 4 squares make dipoles less effective than in the good ol'
days, but they do work, and are simple to erect.
Barry Kutner, W2UP Internet: email@example.com
Newtown, PA Frankford Radio Club
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