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From: "Tom Martin" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 13:19:47 -0500
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Butternut gives that scenario as a DO NOT in their instructions.  About the 
same as a vertical with just a ground rod, or two.  My HF6 is ground mounted 
with 50 radials and has a decent match 80-10.  Of course,on 80, it has a very 
narrow operating area, about 25 kHz.  

I got the HF6 for the second radio in SO2R. I wanted to avoid another beam on 
the tower and cleanup the airspace around the QTH.  Compared to a Delta Loop  
on 40, it's about 2-3 S-units less.  Compared to an 80 meter sloper on a 72' 
tower, it's about 3-4 S-units less.  Compared to my 4 element SteppIR it's 5 
S-units less on 20-10.  K4M was S2 on the vertical and S-7 with the SteppIR.  

I don't understand how some hams work 200 plus countries on 80 with an HF6.  It 
must be location...location...location!  

I used a Butternut in a salt water lagoon in Belize, during the 2005 ARRL SSB 
DX test and it worked great.  No saltwater here in the U.P. HI!



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