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Re: [TowerTalk] ground radial length vs antenna height?

To: "Dave Harmon" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] ground radial length vs antenna height?
From: "Bob Maser" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 13:55:53 -0400
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I have been using a homebrew version of the Hygain Hytower with great 
results on 75,40 & 20.  I have 80 ground radial of varying lengths from 30 
to 150' long and I feed it with a 175' run of LMR900.  It works great on all 
3 bands.  I can work everything I can hear and it hears well.  On 20 it is 
3/4 wavelength long an I can crack any pileup with it running 1KW.  I also 
used to believe that verticals were second rate at best but no longer.  Look 
for me anytime on 14185.

Bob W6TR
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dave Harmon" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 1:47 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] ground radial length vs antenna height?

>I recently put up a Hy-Gain Hy-Tower with 90, 70 foot radials stapled to 
> ground.
> I got everything from DX Engineering....6000 feet of wire, staples, radial
> plate and the balun.
> Much of this was a direct result of following Jim Brown K9YC's advice
> regarding everything but especially baluns.
> I studied ON4UN's book on a long term loan courtesy of Jim Pickett K5LAD 
> and
> various web sites. After awhile I got so that I could spot incorrect
> information....I won't mention any mfgrs but one comes to mind whose 
> article
> is just unsliced baloney.
> I never believed that a vertical would work this well.....especially on 80
> mtrs with 100 watts.
> It seems to be able to hear very weak signals as well.....all these things
> coincide with what I have been told, read about and studied regarding
> vertical antennas......
> Uhhhh....I mean properly installed vertical antennas.
> Many thanks to all.
> Regards
> Dave Harmon
> CCA 97-535
> K6XYZ[at]sbcglobal[dot]net
> Sperry, Ok.
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