> 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"
There were two brothers in NYC who wanted a "retirement business" so
they started Gotham. The designs were simple and unsophisticated.
One of their "bread and butter" antennas was a base loaded vertical.
Hy-gain sold one too called the 18V. It is ~20' high and is base
loaded with a coil. You can get the current specs at
The boys moved to Florida, made antennas in the morning and played
the ponies at the race track in the afternoon.
73, Craig Clark, K1QX
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