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[TowerTalk] Re: [CQ-Contest] 160 Antenna for NAQP...

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Re: [CQ-Contest] 160 Antenna for NAQP...
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Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2002 18:10:22 -0600
On Tue, 01 Jan 2002 Chris BONDE <> writes:
> Tom:
>  From what I have read I agree with you.
> However, if you modify the low above ground 75m antenna from a flat 
> top to  an inverted V then, I think that the antenna radiates similar
to a 
> vertical. 

        WRONG.  An inverted vee is perdominantly 
        horizontally polarized. The lower the ends are,
        the higher the GROUND LOSSES.   N4KG

> I have a loaded dipole (total length about the same as  40m  dipole) 
> with the apex 21ft above the ground, ends about 15ft,  oriented  
> about NE to SW.  Where I am, Alaska is broadside of my antenna.  

        With an apex of only 21 ft, most of the radiation is 
        straight up or at very high angles which makes
        it appear to be omnidirectional.  That basically
        holds true up to 1/4 WL high which is 70 ft on 80M.

        To see much directivity with a dipole or inverted
        vee on 80M, the apex needs to be 100 ft or more.
        Tom  N4KG

> I  have  been told numerous times that I 'always boom' into AK.  
> I have  worked about  4 different station there including a QRP10.  
> Now the other  broadside would  be to the US East Coast.  
> I have worked WV, MD, DE FL etc.  Off the  ends I  have worked 
> CA, HI, &  ON QU. My power is only 100w SB on 75m.

        I know a few people who have worked DXCC on 80M
        with very low inverted vee's (35 ft or less).  That 
        doesn't make it a good DX antenna.  In this case,
        higher IS better.   N4KG
> I do not know but I tried what I had and it seems to work.  Over a 
> year I  also WASed.
> Chris opr VE7HCB
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