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From: "Didonna, Richard" <>
Date: Wed, 5 May 2004 09:51:52 -0400
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Hello all,
After about 12 or so years off the air, I think the bug to return to the 
contesting world has returned.
I've procured a nice house in Northern Virginia - but in a development that has 
some loose CCR limits.  Interestingly, none of them have an outright 
prohibition on antennas or other structures.
While I'd like to start putting up towers and TH7DXXs, I've received an overall 
objection from the #1 authority - the wife of course.
Anyhow, I've got about a 1/3 acre lot - a big portion is grass lawn, and the 
house of course.  However, the rear 1/4 of the lot contains a 150' long strip 
of elevated grade (30' wide) with about 15 or so maple, ash, and other 
associated trees.  Most all are mature with multiple branch systems and rising 
to heights up to 60 feet.
I've considered the following items: a half or 1/4 wave inverted L for 75/80 
meters with an appropriate ground plane system; a half or 1/4 wave inverted L 
for 40 meters or a pair or trio of verticals for 40 meters.  For the high 
bands, I would really, really love to go beam, but that's simply not going to 
happen.  Will the inverted L provide enough optimum results (using a tuner) for 
the high bands, or should I really consider dedicated high band antennas?
Additionally, I've considered using the tree trunks as the supports for the 
verticals.  Are there voltage/current concerns that I should really be aware of 
for fire concern-sake.  Additionally, is there a radiation pattern penalty that 
is presented by a mature tree?
Best regards and 73
Rich KI6ZH/4

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