Dick, I'd first invest twenty bucks in ON4UN's book "Low Band DXing" and
read, read, read. Very informative and well written. Great section on
verticals and radials.
73, Jerry W5KP
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rick Williams" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2001 10:44 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] vertical antennas
> I am in the process of erecting a Force 12 160VX (60ft tall 160 mtr
> vertical. The insturction manual addresses using 2 elevated radials
> instead of more traditional ground radials.
> After talking to a few other hams on the "pros and cons" along with their
> experiences with each; I have come to the completely unscientific
> to use ground radails.
> Even in this area I have found some different ideas. Mainly, their is one
> train of thought that ground radials need not be longer than the height
> the vertical radiator (in my case, 60 ft.). The other train, always use
> quarter wave radials (130 ft) regardless.
> I wonder what the "thread" is on this. In my situation, I can lay 130 ft
> radials for 270 degrees. In the other 90, radials are going to decrease
> length to about 60 ft for the shortest (perpendicular to the property
> Is this going to noticable affect the performance.
> Thanks for any help/ideas.
> Dick Williams K8ZTT
> Franktown CO
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