On Wed, 16 Apr 2008 02:36:39 -0700, Bill Turner wrote:
>Yes, they will work very well indeed. My low-band antennas here
>three inverted vees connected together just as you describe.
Yes. I have two 80/40 fan dipoles at right angles, and two
20/15/10 dipoles at right angles. I've used antennas like this for
five years at three different QTHs and on Field Day. They work
Some things I've learned:
1) The longest dipole of the fan will exhibit its "normal" SWR
bandwidth. Shorter dipoles in the fan will have their SWR
bandwidth reduced by about half. With a good tuner (I use TenTec
229s and 238s) I can run these fans over the bottom 3/4 of 80M,
all of 40, 20, and 15, and the lower half of 10M. I could probably
use the 20/15/10 at the top of 10 too, but I've never tried to
operate above 28.55.
2) A 3-wire 20/15/10 fan will look like 50 ohms even if it is
quite high. Ordinary dipoles will be pretty close to 75 ohms if
they're quite high.
3) Some references say that one dipole will be detuned by some
percentage by the others. I've never been able to measure that.
4) I would NOT try to put dipoles in a fan that are "in between
harmonics" of others in the fan. That is, I would not put 30M in a
fan with 40, because it is more likely to interact with the other
dipoles. On the other hand, my 80/40 fans load quite nicely on
30M, and they play very well. They also load and work well on 17M
5) If you have limited space, don't rule out loaded dipoles like
those sold by HyPower Antenna Company. I've used them a lot, and
they work quite well. NEC modeling shows that their efficiency is
only a fractional dB below a full size dipole. The compromise is
reduced SWR bandwidth, but you can still use them effectively over
an entire band at full power with a good tuner.
Jim Brown K9YC
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