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Re: [TowerTalk] Hy Tower

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Hy Tower
From: "Jim Brown" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009 21:10:00 -0800
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On Mon, 21 Dec 2009 23:38:03 -0000, N7mal wrote:

>In other 
>words if you're going to operate on 160m then the radials need to be at 
>least 127ft. If your lowest freq is 80m then your radials need to be a 
>minimum of 67ft. 

Recently published work by N6LF, and much older work in the ARRL Antenna 
Book differ strongly with that statement. In general, it is a waste of 
wire to make radials much longer than the radiator itself, and according 
to N6LF's recent work, it can even HURT performance to make them much 

>You don't really need any more ground rods but you do need 
>more radials. It has been my experience you can never get enough radials 
>under a hy-tower, but you should try to get at least 50.

Strong agreement on that. Ground rods are for lighting protection. They 
have nothing to do with how well an antenna works. And MORE radials is 
definitely a good thing. 


Jim K9YC


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