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Re: [TowerTalk] antenna advice

To: "David Humelsine" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] antenna advice
From: "Vic Sadesky" <>
Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2007 04:06:53 -0800
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I've been using your type of setup (longwire/tuner) for several years now 
with my RV.  If you can add another 14 feet to the long wire with as many 33 
foot counterpoise wires as you can, I guaranty your setup will get out like 
a "bomb."

I've used a IC706 and AH4 setup with my RV, an IOTA expedition to NA144, 
many Field Days and CQP's  and it works great.  When not using a long wire, 
I use a converted/restored military field HF antenna, a 32 foot sectional 
vertical with the AH4.  It's a match made in RF heaven.  With it I've worked 
much enjoyable DX and had little problems working pass the pileups.

If 20 feet is all you can do ... go for it ...  Enjoy!

Vic Sadesky KI6VC
Cal City
"Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good
we oft might win
By fearing to attempt."
                  William Shakespeare
"Get'er Done"
                  The Cable Guy

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Humelsine" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 7:06 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] antenna advice

>I have an opportunity to do some HF operating this summer from a cabin near
> Taos NM.  I plan to use a Ten Tec Argonaut. The simple solution for an
> antenna would be a  MFJ or SGC 230 antenna tuner with a 20 foot sloping 
> wire
> antenna element and a 2or 3 wire counterpoise. Main use will be PSK and 
> on 20 meters with some 30 meter use and depending on how well the antenna
> works 40 as well. I know a multiband dipole would probably be better but 
> the
> nearest tree to hang it in is a half mile away so a fiberglass push up 
> pole
> is going to have to work. Will the RF loses in the tuner be small enough 
> to
> make  purchasing it worth while or should I stick to radials on the ground
> and individual quarter wave vertical elements and run out and change
> elements whenever I want to change bands?
> Please reply to the group or to me personally at
> thank you
> David
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