Cut and build the antenna to the length you determine it should be.
After you put it up, test it to see if it works as you wish.
Wire antennas are NOT as 'fussy' as yagis .. .and a lot more tolerant
of 'wrong' dimensions.
Work DX ... and enjoy!
Quoting Steve Sacco NN4X <email@example.com>:
> I'm about to begin building a wire antenna for 80 meters. I'll be using
> 14ga stranded copper wire. Since it will doubtless stretch once in
> service, I'm wondering if I shouldn't try to either pre-stretch it, or
> build it a bit short, to allow it to stretch into its proper dimension.
> Anyone have any experience with either?
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