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Subject: [TowerTalk] Ground Mounted Vertical Question
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2008 19:39:16 EDT
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Hi Guys,
I'm installing a full-size ground mounted 1/4 wave vertical.  I  mounted the 
vertical on a 5' pipe.  The vertical is insulated from the mast  pipe using a 
base from an old Hustler 4BTV vertical.  I will now get  to work on the ground 
Question: With the full-size ground mounted vertical connected only to the  
5' mounting pipe, no radials, I thought I'd see what the SWR and impedance  is. 
 I was expecting a low impedance of about 10 ohms.   (poor ground = low 
impedance = low performance)
However, using a MFJ-259B at the input of the antenna the  impedance, at 
resonant freq. is 100 ohms.  (SWR over 2:1 as would  be expected at 100 ohms).
I'll install the ground radials next... but the above doesn't seem  right.
All thoughts appreciated!
Dick- K9OM  

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