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
> I would certainly appreciate any assistance here or suggestions. Thanks
> much to all and 73.
> Kevin, K7RX :)
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