In a message dated 1/30/2007 12:09:16 A.M. Greenwich Standard Time,
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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