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Re: [TowerTalk] Inverted vee mounted above HF Yagi

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Inverted vee mounted above HF Yagi
From: Eddy Swynar <>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2011 16:20:36 -0400
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Hi Mark,

You may well be correct---it was so very long ago that I can't recall (I'd only 
been licensed myself but a coupla years at the time, too).

Zenon did what he did in order to get on 160-meters: he figured the notion of 
placing the 1.8-MHz dipole / "V" like that  above his HF rotary would (1) save 
room on his city-sized lot, and, (2) give him the advantage of higher altitude.

I guess if one were to conduct some research into the Hy-Gain adverts in QST, 
etc. from back then, one might actually get to see what this contraption looked 

~73~ de Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ


On 2011-08-17, at 4:05 PM, Mark - AA6DX wrote:

> HI .. hey, back in the days of yore, there was such a bearing gadget built 
> commercially ... trying to remember the brand ... Hy-Gain, perhaps?  Anyway, 
> I had one might be in the jungle part of my back yard .. HIHI .. and I 
> had it on top of a W-67 w/ 20' mast ... The antenna wires raised havoc when 
> raising the tower, and I eventually gave it up as a nice experiment.  I 
> cannot say my signals were improved, cannot remember exactly, but I was not 
> impressed.  This was back in the 70s, and I was in an area with a great 
> ground .. old riverbed -- and my 65' high vees worked pretty swell, and on 
> 40m I had steerable verticles that beat the vee.  But, point is, there 
> is/was such a device.
> 73 -- Mark  AA6DX
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Eddy Swynar" <>
> To: "Jack White" <>
> Cc: <>
> Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 12:47 PM
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Inverted vee mounted above HF Yagi
>> Hi Jack,
>> Some 30+ years ago VE3CSZ mounted a half wave dipole / inverted "V" atop 
>> his Hy-Gain multi-element rotatable yagi on a 64' tall tower---I thought 
>> it was ingenious at the time...
>> Zenon had the pipe that the yagi was bolted to EXTENDED UPWARDS well past 
>> the yagi itself: he then---somehow!---affixed a bearing atop this 
>> extension, & the dipole to the bearing. Result: as the beam itself was 
>> turned, the dipole / "V" itself was stationary, being affixed as it was to 
>> the outside of the bearing assembly!
>> He had the extension up high enough so that the dipole would clear the 
>> outer elements of the yagi as it was steered.
>> But how he concocted the thing to the bearing is lost upon me, being 
>> strictly a "wire up in the trees" antenna aficiando such as I was at the 
>> time...
>> Rest assured, it CAN be done---and VE3CSZ did it way back when!
>> ~73~ de Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ
>> ************************************************************************************************************************
>> On 2011-08-17, at 3:31 PM, Jack White wrote:
>>> Hi Guys
>>> I have a standard 60ft Versatower with a Yaesu G-1000 and bearing mounted 
>>> at the top, and just above this I have a Cushcraft A3WS (pic on QRZ). I 
>>> want to extend the stub mast about 20ft above the A3WS to support the 
>>> centre of a 160/80/40 trapped inverted vee. I'm looking for some type of 
>>> mount that will allow me to mount the centre of the inverted vee at the 
>>> top of the stub mast and remain fixed whilst the stub mast rotates. 
>>> Ideas/advice would be great.
>>> 73, Jack G8DX
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