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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Greetings to all
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2007 12:37:24 EST
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In a message dated 1/30/2007 12:09:16 A.M. Greenwich Standard Time, writes:

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.
Very good point, and even more important is unless you live on a pretty  flat 
piece of ground, to do or have someone do for you a terrain analysis.   The 
software for this can be found in the ARRL Antenna Handbook.
That 50 or 60 foot level is a good idea, but it could be way to high if you  
are blessed with a nice hill for your antenna site.
I also had several A-3 antennas at my old QTH.  I picked them all up  used 
for less than $100 each.  I liked them, but they all were prone to  getting 
water in the traps.


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