Actually putting together a good DX station is a little more complicated
then selecting a good antenna. The antenna needs to be at the proper height
for the optimum angle of radiation. This height varies depending on
frequency and conditions which is why serious stations have more than one
antenna. If your antenna is relatively low, say 30ft, you could make a big
improvement on 15m and 20m by raising it to 60ft. FWIW, I have had good
luck using a Cushcraft A3 on contest DX-Peditions.
John and all..... In my mind, while this may be true, you have to remember that
DXCC and Honor Roll status, has been worked with small tri-banders on a chimney
mount or short 30ft tower, not to mention long wires and dipoles. The ham with
the question is probably trying to put up what fits his budget/lot
size/zoning/etc. Just trying to do the best with what he's got/gonna get.
To put it in old Drag Racing terms: The only substitute for cubic inches is
cubic money"..... or Ya gotta run what ya brung.....
GL to all
73 K9WN Jake
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