I am replacing the 6 BTV with this antenna for low bands. 80 meters on the
6BTV has a way too narrow bandwidth. And, short verticals just don't cut it
for long haul in my experience. I could not work the YI9PSE on 80 with the
6BTV and 1 KW. I could barely hear them. It takes a lot more aluminum in the
air on low bands.
The 6BTV has worked OK on 40 and 30.
But I already use the HyGain AV-640 ( No radial antenna ) it is runs circles
around the 6BTV.
This new antenna will replace the 6BTV, the AV-640 and hopefully the MA160V
"In the Beginning there was Spark Gap"
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Thompson" <email@example.com>
To: "Tower and HF antenna construction topics." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 4:43 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] 1/4 wave vertical question
> My friend W5EW used a Carolina 80 Windom that he could only get 40 feet up
> in the center and the ends were a mere 12 feet off the ground. Not
> satisfied with the results on 30 he looked at all the verticals and he
> a locals 6BTV with me on a 40 meter schedule and boy was he banging in
> South LA to near Atlanta.
> He bought a 6BTV and has it gound mounted with about 30 radials (12 for 30
> meters). Using 100 watts he just passed 145 DXCC. He has a good 80 and
> signal and during the Dx contests he worked stations easily on 15 and 20.
> He worked the 2 DXCC entities he needed to finally make the DXCC Honor
> although he never heard FT5GA well enough to make a QSO.
> 73 Dave K4JRB
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