Page 8-9 of ON4UN's Low Band DX'ing book shows the construction of a wide
band dipole for 80m
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Brown" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, 17 November, 2008 12:30 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Dipole Center Connector
> On Sun, 16 Nov 2008 21:09:05 -0600, AD5VJ Bob wrote:
>>As I have been reading on the 80 meter dipole antennas I understand
>>that you will not be able to cover the entire band due to the
>>size of the band, so I will attempt to zero in on the DX portion of
> Not true, Bob. Don't confuse SWR bandwidth with how well the antenna
> works. Study W2DU's excellent work on this, which is on his website.
> Google to find it.
> Both here in Santa Cruz and back in Chicago, I've quite successfully
> used 80M dipoles cut for the low end of the band (typically around
> 3570 kHz) all the way up to the top of the phone band. All you need
> is a decent tuner. I use the Ten Tec 229 and 238 (essentially the
> same, different cosmetics), which are rated for legal power. The
> antenna in Chicago was even narrower than a standard dipole because
> it was shortened and used loading coils, but it worked fine too.
> It helps, of course, to use bigger, high power coax if you're
> running power. But I ran here in Santa Cruz for nearly a year with
> RG59 into my high dipole, and it worked fine.
> Jim K9YC
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