My friend KZ4V had a ground mounted HF2V with 120 radials (~35-40 ft).
It played very well on 40M. It SUCKED on 80M (as a DX antenna)
where the base loading made it pretty inefficient. For domestic
use, it might meet your needs, especially if you drive it with a KW
to make up for some of the inefficiency.
My TOP Loaded Elevated GP (TH7 on a 40 ft tower) with 10 elevated
radials at 16 ft plays very well on 80M. See QST for JUNE 1994 or
the ARRL Antenna Book.
On Tue, 27 Aug 2002 09:22:55 -0700 (PST) Dan Levin <email@example.com>
> I am about to install a Butternut HF-2V as my backup
> antenna for 40 and 80. Primary use is contesting,
> esp. domestic contesting.
> I plan to mount the antenna "Team Vertical" style -
> the base of the antenna about 2-3 feet above the
> ground, with two 'gull-wing' elevated radials on each
> band. I will put the 40 meter radials up about 6
> feet and the 80 meter radials up about 10 feet.
> I'm looking for hints, suggestions, comments about
> this plan. In particular, if you have done a similar
> installation, I'd love to hear about your experiences.
> Yes, I know that I would have better results with 60
> in-ground 1/4 wave 80 meter radials, but that just
> isn't practical in the chosen location.
> ***dan, K6IF
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