I have a Butternut as my only antenna. I used it for quite a while with
NO radials, it worked fine but it swr were a little high. I have seen it
bent over passed 45 degrees in a storm and it came right back to
vertical after the storm passed.
I can say it works FB on 10 meters as I am a Tech+ and work 10 SSB all
I have just recently put 4 radials cut for 10 meters on mine and the
swr is flat on 10. I also used it on the MARS nets just above 4 MHZ with
Bottom line it is durable simple and works with no or minimal radials.
>I like the Butternut verticles. yes, they work better with a ground
>but I have used them with an 8 foot ground rod. Worked well. I've
>used the copper pipe plumbing in the house as a ground plane also and
>well. Again, short radials are better than no radials.
>The Butternut verticles can take a lot of abuse, are well constructed,
>seem to radiate well. Although there are traps (big ones) the antenna
>very well on 40-20 and 15. Ten meters is OK, but haven't used it since
>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,
>that might not be an option.
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