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Re: [TowerTalk] Gotham Antennas

To: "TowerTalk Reflector" <>,"Lee Buller" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Gotham Antennas
From: "PASOTR/KC1DI" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 10:16:09 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
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Hi Lee,

I remember well the Gotham Verticals.  Had one when I was a novice back in
1966.. It was basically made of EMT and had a large Base Loading coil . 
knowing nothing of how verticals worked in that day I had it set up in the
side yard of our home with only a 4' ground rod as the other half of the
antenna.. the losses must have been awful.. But in my ignorance I still
managed to work several dx station Crysal control about 15watts out on 40M. 
Never could get it to load on 80m though , If I remember right they were
about 18 ft tall.  I've since used that same design at other location
(homebrewed ) to good effect.  But a top hat loading will help much on 80m
also.  and lots of radials.

you can find the basic design on the web at  http://www.arrl

73 & Good Luck
Dave Kc1di 
-------Original Message-------
From: Lee Buller
Date: 01/25/06 10:00:05
To: TowerTalk Reflector
Subject: [TowerTalk] Gotham Antennas
Back in the days when men were men and ham radio operators were kids, there
was a company that sold verticles-Gotham. I've alway wondered what the deal
with the Gotham antenna was all about. All I had to go on was old QST's from
the 50's and since I had no money in the 60's I could never afford a
commercial antenna.
I've been pondering building a verticle using parts from the hardware store
that could be used on 80 meters. Like using a loading coil at the base of
the antenna. I am sure that this has been done before, but as I was thinking
about it....the Gotham antenna company came to mind.
Is this what they did with their 80 meter verticle...use some sort of
loading coil?
Lee -K0WA
"Liberal Arts Major pretending to be an RF Engineer"
In our day and age it seems that Common Sense is in short supply. If you don
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