#6 for an antenna? The catenary must be horrible.
Using anything heavier than #12 is a waste of effort, money, and height.
As for the radials. They never hurt, and would probably help, but,
imho, not worth the extra effort.
As for 'lifting' a ground ... NEVER.
Quoting Its from Onion <email@example.com>:
> A general question guys, I realize its not 'tower' talk but its been
> a tad slow
> so I thought I'd ask. I been a ham for 13 years, but mostly VHF/UHF.
> So I'm not really a green bean. But new to HF.
> My HF antenna is 136 feet of #6 stranded copper, ran from 3 trees at a
> height of 50 feet (west) then 45 feet (feed point of 450 ohm ladder
> 100 foot long)
> to the east side that is 60 feet up. Land slopes as wire is mostly level.
> Ground is 8 feet of #6 (I had a roll) to a 8 foot rod. Shack is
> Icom 718, MFJ-949.
> My question, would it help if I ran some radials off of the ground
> point at the
> The system is a little noisy and I heard a ham say once that removing the
> ground from the radio helped him, but mmmm????? don't know about that.
> Get good reports as I have worked AZ, WI, NY, FL on nets, but as we all know,
> CAN IT BE BETTER?
> Thanks guys and happy holidays
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