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.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Harmon" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
> 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
> 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
> 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.
> Dave Harmon
> CCA 97-535
> Sperry, Ok.
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