In planning for the spring tower installation, I want to start planning
something for 160m.
I live on a suburban lot of 55 x125 and the 50ft Trylon will be installed in
the rear yard, 5 ft from the rear of the house, the rear property line is 44
feet away. There will be a 12 foot mast with an Optibeam 5 band beam, a 2 el
40m beam and a 6 el 6m beam for top loading. Feedlines will be grounded to the
tower, top and bottom, At least 8 radials with ground rods spaced 16 feet apart
will serve as lightning protection. The tower foundation will also be used as a
I was considering shunt feeding the tower but the XYL is opposed to me taking
up more of the real estate with a sloping wire and feed box. Also with young
kids playing in the yard, more wires are a bad thing.
The second option I was considering is feeding a ¼ wave wire at the top running
almost horizontally (85') across the yard and then vertically (45') down the
tree, using the tower as the other half of the antenna. I guess this is more of
The third option would be the inverted L but again, this requires a vertical
wire parallel to the tower and the XYL is opposed to the additional space this
Are there other options? Suggestions?
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