Thanks to you and many others for the feedback. I am going with 140 feet.
This should be a good compromise between domestic and DX operation. I also
have an 80M vertical that works quite well but without the gain desired for
contests and DX.
73 Keith NM5G
From: Rick Karlquist [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2006 10:26 PM
To: M. Kent Miller
Cc: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] 80 Meter yagi - Height recommendation
M. Kent Miller wrote:
> My 2 element 80 meter yagi is 130 feet up. It works very well at
> distances over 2500 miles, but not as effectively as my wire antennas for
" local "
> ( inside USA ) use.
> My guess is that if it were lower, it would be more useable for short
> distances, but I didn' t install it to work locals, and I don' t
> imagine you have that in mind either, so I would say go as high as you
> Kent - K4MK
I have A/B'ed 80 meter dipoles at 115 feet high vs 60 feet high.
The high one is ~10 dB better on DX and the low one is ~10 dB better on
locals (up to 150 miles or so). A really low one (at 30 ft) was also A/B'ed
with the 60 footer and found to be several dB better on locals than the 60
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