|To:||"John WA2GO" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com>|
|Subject:||Re: [TowerTalk] Which better: TOP of hill or SIDE of hill?|
|From:||"Guy Olinger, K2AV" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Tue, 28 Dec 2004 23:44:08 -0500|
This will not be a question with a simple answer.|
You need to obtain a terrain analysis program, such as HFTA, which comes with the ARRL Antenna Book.
Both optimum placement of the antenna relative to the slope, and optimum tower height can be COUNTER-INTUITIVE, and are remarkably variable depending on the specifics of the foreground terrain.
With the program in hand, you can try various placements and heights and see the results. I believe that HFTA can use USGS terrain files and give you very specific data for your situation.
HFTA will take your entire situation into consideration.
I would not under any circumstances commit yourself to any configuration until you have done a very careful HFTA analysis of your situation.
----- Original Message ----- From: "John WA2GO" <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, December 27, 2004 10:02 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Which better: TOP of hill or SIDE of hill?
My new qth-to-be has a north-south ridgeline running through the center of the property.
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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