I built a 32' vertical with 6' lengths of telescoping aluminum from
Texas Towers. I started with 1.25" tubing and worked my way up with 6"
over lap. The antenna really whips around in the wind, but its self
supporting. We have high winds and ice storms here in Amarillo. It has
survived just fine over the last couple of years without being guyed.
I have it mounted to a 4x4 fence post with two of these
I feed it at the base with an sgc-239 tuner which handles 200 watts. I
also switch in a b&w coil so it will load on 80m.
I'm working on coming up with a high power feed so I can use an amp some
Rich - N5ZC
Paul Sturpe wrote:
> I am looking for a design for a full size 40 meter, 1/4 wave, self
> supporting vertical.
> I am thinking that telescoping aluminum tubing is the best way to go, but I
> am not sure what sizes are needed in order to be self supporting (no guys.)
> It has been suggested that I simply use half of an element from the 40 meter
> yagi as described in the ARRL antenna book. This in fact would work, but is
> probably design over kill for a vertical.
> Does anyone know of plans for a design that meets my criteria?
> Paul, W3GQ
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