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From: Dennis OConnor <>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2006 10:38:17 -0800 (PST)
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 Hmmm, the supposition that driving the array will make up for an inadequate 
ground system does not stand up to critical thought...  Any 1/4 wave vertical 
array requires that the ground mirror the other half of the wave front...
In fact, there are studies that suggest that parasitic elements in a vertical 
array suffer less ground losses than driven elements... The suggestion is that 
the driven element in a parasitic vertical array will benefit from elevated 
radials whilst the parasitic elements can use ground radials with little 

In pursuit of that theory my current 160 arrays use an elevated, single, radial 
for the driven element with a grounded parasitic element... It is either the 
best or the second best 160 array I have put up... They jury is still out on 
that...  The best was my 4 element, all elevated array that I used to work VK0 
on 160 a few years back, but keeping all those elevated radials running through 
the woods in the air during a Michigan winter became a never ending chore...  
Also, keeping them clear of limbs that caused arcing was another headache... I 
finally gave up, but probably should have hung in there...

Obviously, I am a parasitic kinda guy... I don't like anything that dumps part 
of my transmitted power into a dummy load...  Now W8JI, K3LR, ON4UN, and a few 
others may disagree... 

denny - k8do

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