Blair, depends on what you'd like to do with it. A horizontal 160 ant that low
will warm the clouds with its very high radiation angle. Any component you can
get vertical will probably be a huge benefit if you want good success across
the pond. If local short range is your goal might not make all that much
Date: Fri, 04 Dec 2009 08:10:41 -0500
From: Blair S Balden <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [TowerTalk] dipole configuration
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Hello towertalk group,
I'm getting set to put up a wire dipole for 160 meters. I'm considering 2
options, and I wanted to hear which one you guys think might be better. The
feed point will be about 38 feet up on the side of a tower near the house.
From there, I have just enough room to stretch out a full quarter wave to the
back edge of my property, where I can get about 25 - 30 feet of height in a
tree at the other end. So this leg of the dipole will be pretty much
For the other leg, I don't have that much room. I will need to put in a
loading coil. I have about 60 feet to a tree in the front yard, where I can
get about 25 feet of height. This is what I was planning, but I also thought
about bringing that leg straight down from the feed point. In that case, the
antenna would have one full-length horizontal leg and one short (about 30 foot)
vertical leg with a loading coil.
Do you think anything would be gained by having part of the antenna vertical?
Would I get some lower-angle radiation if I did it that way? Or would it work
better more or less horizontal?
Thanks in advance for any input.
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