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Re: [TowerTalk] G5RV vs Vertical for DXing

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] G5RV vs Vertical for DXing
From: "Richard Hill" <>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 06:37:58 -0700
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I have a Cushcraft MA5B mini-beam at 23 feet, a Hygain DX-77a vertical, and
an 88 foot ladderline fed dipole at about 45 feet.  Each has strengths and
weaknesses.  The minibeam has a bit of front to back and I can reduce some
noises to hear better at times.  Right now the vertical is the best choice
most of the time, but when we had sunspots, the dipole was usually my best
antenna.  I do some contesting and it is clear that I have a better rate
with one antenna over the others to particular areas at particular times of
the day.


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Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 4:57 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] G5RV vs Vertical for DXing

In a message dated 5/22/2008 9:02:28 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

>  My 20-10m mini yagi was damaged recently in a storm, so I am  looking for
short term replacement-or at least until we get some decent  sunspots.  I
currently have up a homebrew G5RV type antenna with the  center around 30
feet and the ends sloping down slightly.  I use this  on 160-30m, and did
it for a couple of years on the higher bands with  decent results.

>  Now here is my question, in terms of just  20-10m performance, how would
roof mounted triband vertical, like the  Hy-Gain 12AVQ compare to the G5RV
performance?  The vertical would  be mounted around 20 feet high, with 4
radials per band.  Would the  vertical be worth the extra money, or would
performance be so similar  (or even better on the G5RV) that I should just
save the money and effort  and forget the vertical?

    Actually I'd do both. In any instance, one of the  antennas will play
better than the other. The key to ham radio success in my  book is having a
CHOICE of antennas; e.g. different angles, different  directions, different
polarization, etc.

Steve    K7LXC

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