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Subject: [TowerTalk] Short Beverage??
Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2007 22:36:38 -0500
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I am new to the beverage world...

I built and installed a 540 foot beverage (about 7 feet above ground in a more 
or less straight path among the trees.  
I am not pointing at True North!).  Results were less than spectacular.  Maybe 
my expectations were too high.  (I am 
only comparing with signals coming from the general direction that the beverage 
is pointing).

I find that my pair of phased coaxial inverted Ls hear better or at the best 
the same as the beverage.

A couple of questions...

1.  Is 540 feet too short?   With a little difficulty I could scrape out 
another 100 feet (but the beverage feed line would 
be another 100 feet longer).  Would that be any benefit for 160M?  Going beyond 
640 feet would likely put the 
beverage very close to the power lines which I want to avoid. 

2. Do I need an outboard pre-amp?  My ICOM 756 PRO II has built-in pre-amps.

I will be looking at the DX engineering dual direction beverage system and want 
to know if I should be content with 
using 500 feet of ladder line or is it worth getting the extra and going to 600 
to 650 feet?  Any experience with 
beverages of similar lengths would be appreciated.

Thanks and 73


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