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[TowerTalk] Re: [Dx] question about G5RV antennas

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Re: [Dx] question about G5RV antennas
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Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2001 22:24:20 -0600
On Tue, 10 Jul 2001  "Harry A. Hodges" <> writes:
> Hi All,
> I just finished reading through my antenna file articles about the 
> G5RV
> antenna, including one by the man himself. In none of them could I 
> find any
> claim of gain over a standard dipole. This seems logical in that the 
> G5RV
> is in essence a "dipole", albeit a multi-band one. 

        See my previous note on the subject.
        The G5RV acts as a simple dipole on 80 and 40M only.
        On the higher frequencies, it acts as various types of
        LONG WIRES which have multiple lobes and some
        slight gain in the major lobes, which is frequency
        and length dependent.  

        I recommend reading about Long Wire antennas 
        in the OLD (smaller) ARRL Antenna Books (1970's).   
        They ARE good and useful antennas if you understand 
        their patterns and combine enough fixed wire antennas 
        for complete coverage.

        FWIW, I have worked over 320 countries on each
        of the WARC bands using 80 and 20M dipoles fed
        with ladder line and Johnson Matchboxes.
        de  Tom  N4KG

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