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Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 13:12:29 +0000
My trusty old Cushcraft R5 vertical plays well (like a 
vertical) on WARC.  Combined with my amp, it allowed me 
to work DX for years when it was atop the chimney at the 
old house on a city lot.  Phil  KB9CRY
> Hi All,
> Earlier this summer, I purchased a Broadbander antenna from W9Inn and
> erected it this past weekend.  I am not blessed with unlimited space for
> antennas so this one went up in place of my trusty G5RV.  This antenna works
> on 40, 80 and 160 meters.  My son and I put in a modest radio system of 8
> radials under it.  On air tests showed it was resonant about where it should
> have been according to the frequencies I gave to Bill, W9INN.
> On air tests were disappointing indeed.  The only band on which it lived up
> to my expectations was 160.  On 80 comments ranged from "get a new antenna"
> to a gentle "you're not as loud as usual".  Tests on 40 were somewhat
> similar.  I should note these were at all distances.  Now, Many may believe
> I am criticizing the antenna.  This is not the case.  I believe the fault
> lies in my installation situation in which I had the antenna running
> vertically for 45 feet at a maximum distance at the base of 6 feet from my
> 50 foot 25G and coming as close as 3 and a half feet at the top.  I believe
> the tower was absorbing my signal on 80 and 40.
> Now, for the suggestions I seek.  I am going to send this antenna back, use
> my G5RV for rag chewing on 80 and 40 and shunt feed my tower for 160 and 80
> meter DXing.  The G5RV seems to work pretty well for DX on 40.  I have a
> tribander for 20, 15 and 10 so am in need of a good antenna for the WARC
> bands.  This needs to be either a wire antenna or a vertical.  Does anyone
> on the list have any suggestions as to what I might use?  Are there any
> verticals out there made just for the WARC bands?  I've been looking on the
> internet and seen a couple of references but no one says what the antennas
> are.
> I would certainly appreciate any assistance here or suggestions.  Thanks
> much to all and 73.
> Kevin, K7RX :)
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