I have been using a homebrew version of the HyGain Hytower for the last 4
years and it works great on 20, 40 and 80. I put 80 radials under it, which
is the real reason that it works as well as it does. I don't work much 40
meters but I can attest that on 20(where it is a 3/4 wavelength tall) I can
crack any pileups with ease and on 75 it is a bomb on DX and stateside
ragchewing. I typically run 1000 watts, no more, as it does tend to get
into my neighbor's security system with any higher power. FWIW, I have heard
that the Gap antennas are air cooled dummy loads.
Bob Maser W6TR
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2008 7:39 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] WTB: GAP VOYAGER and a ????
> In a message dated 5/8/2008 4:25:40 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> The only good reason for using the GAP (which I hear is not that
> Well, I have had one up for a whole contest season, and I am here to tell
> you it BLOWS away my dipoles @ 50' by a ton. Anything within 500 miles is
> usually stronger on the dipoles ( as expected),but, even from SW Illinois
> MD/DC area, I did a bunch of A/B tests on 75 SSB one evening in November,
> and to
> all stations, I was at LEAST 10 db stronger on the GAP, than the dipole.
> And, until now, I thought the dipole did well for me. DX on 80 & 40 has
> easier than I have ever had here in 30 years of being a ham. No, not a
> yagi, or
> a 4 square, but, very good. But, since I live in the city, with no room,
> 20 sucks on this antenna, period.
> 160, well, I worked a few Europeans, many, many Carribs/SA with it, and
> all 48 states, plus KH6. So, that is better than nothing, IMHO. But, not
> good as my old 1/4 wave L.
> Bottom line, I love the antenna.
> 73-Chuck KI9A
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