The vertical comparison report is a published book, which, like the tribander
book, has test protocol, data, observations, and is comb bound. I bought it a
while back and found the information quite useful. Intriguingly, each vertical
has its own merits and drawbacks, and selection is a matter of personal
preference and economics. I really think it's worth the seventeen bucks or
whatever Steve charges for it.
I've had various verticals, trapped and non-trapped, for HF. Right now, I'm
using the R8, which has been a good performer. (The new Yagis, which replace
wind damaged units will go up this spring.) No, it will not give you the
strongest signal on the band or beat out a good Yagi on a reasonable tower. (I
think Cushcraft's gain figures are overly optimistic.) When the band is open,
however, it performs credibly; I've worked DXCC on 30M and KL7 and KH6 on 6M.
As Cushcraft states, it should be mounted at least 10 feet above the ground.
However, much higher mounting will emphasize high-angle radiation.
In summary, my two cents' worth is to go ahead and spend the money for the
vertical book and then make your decision based on what is best for your
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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