|To:||Stephen Reichlyn <Stephen.Reichlyn@ryansci.com>|
|Subject:||Re: [TowerTalk] horizontally polarized antennas and salt water|
|From:||Alan Zack <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Tue, 18 Jan 2005 08:15:30 -0800|
I'm not sure about the salt in the water. Maybe it does help.|
When I was based in Alaska I put a simple 4BTV vert with a 80M resonator on top (guess that made it a 5BTV) into the ground behind the Quesont hut I used for a ham shack. Behind the quesont hut was a big area of what they call Muskeg. Best way to describe it is a sub arctic swamp. It was quite common in the Tongass Forest and they used wooden sidewalks to cross over it, like you see when you visit the area around Old Faithful in Yellowstone Nat Park. I think I used only a 6 or 8 ft piece of pipe that easily went into the ground, no radials at all. It really got out, much better than any dipole or inverted V I experimented with. I wasn't there long enough (one year) to put up a tower and beam. I held schedules with the Lower 48 plus with a CG Icebreaker in Antarctica no problem, plus won one ARRL DX Contest for best KL7 score. Many EU stations said I was their first KL7 contact, so it did get out good. That soft, mushy ground area was quite large, and I'm sure supplied a excellent ground plane for the simple 4BTV vert.
Stephen Reichlyn wrote:
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