At 11:26 AM 6/11/98 EDT, you wrote:
>Greetings, TowerTalkians --
> I've got a local ham who can only install an HF vertical in a kind of
>restricted spot. He can only put a couple of radials out but they'll have to
>be bent, shortened, etc. in order to get them in so he's looking at the 'no
>radials required' vertical antennas. He's looking at the Gap Titan, Hy-Gain
>DX-77 and Cushcraft R-7000. If you had to make this decision, which one would
>you buy and install? All comments welcomed. Tnx.
>Cheers, Steve K7LXC
I like the Butternut verticles. yes, they work better with a ground plane,
but I have used them with an 8 foot ground rod. Worked well. I've also
used the copper pipe plumbing in the house as a ground plane also and worked
well. Again, short radials are better than no radials.
The Butternut verticles can take a lot of abuse, are well constructed, and
seem to radiate well. Although there are traps (big ones) the antenna works
very well on 40-20 and 15. Ten meters is OK, but haven't used it since 1990
on that band. 80 is very narrow as you might guess.
The person can also mount it on the roof and place radials on the roof, but
that might not be an option.
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