From: "Paul" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Hi Group,
> Thank you for all of the replies. Lot's of good ideas were offered. I had
> another look around the property, and found that if I go the other
> direction, ie away from the mountain down into the meadow below, I should
> able to get about 25 deg takeoff angle. Not great, but not bad either, and
> only 600' of feedline. I still may try running the 3000' up the mountain
> but the meadow looks much easier to start with.
> I also found out that the aluminum wire I have is ACSR/AW 4ga, 6 strands
> aluminum around a galvanized steel core. Has anyone had any good or bad
> experiences with this material? Will it work for RF as well as say 8 or
> copper? It has a very tough outer plastic jacket.
> Thanks again,
If your goal is to make domestic low-band contacts, you will probably
be quite happy with a 25 degree take-off-angle. If you want to do any DXing,
you may want to reconsider settling for the 600' run to the meadow. I have
a 12 deg mountain to my northeast which just kills the high bands in that
direction. The lowbands are mediocre at best. In contrast I my house sits
about 1000' above the valley floor looking west. In that direction I do
very well with very simple antennas.
73 de Mike, W4EF......................
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