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Re: [TowerTalk] 80 meter antenna

To: "Tom Osborne" <>, "Towertalk" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] 80 meter antenna
From: "Gene Fuller" <>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 13:07:59 -0400
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Hi Tom -
I would be afraid that with the ends that close together on 80 that, at 
least up near the feed point, it would start looking too much like an 
unterminated feedline, or at best be directional in the direction it was 
My vote would be to make it an 80 foot centerfed vertical with 20 feet of 
horizontal loading on each end. There  would be very little current in the 
end loading parts so it would look mostly like a nice omnidirectional low 
angle radiator without need for radials. Hopefully you could keep the bottom 
20 foot loading wire at least ten or fifteen feet off the ground. That 
should work quite well. You've got quite a bit of height to work with so I 
tend towards the end loaded vertical rather than the inverted L, since it 
would give you more "vertical current".
Good Luck !
Gene / W2LU

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Osborne" <>
To: "Towertalk" <>
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:22 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] 80 meter antenna

> Hi All
> Right now I have an 80 meter inverted 'V' up about 80 feet or so in a 
> tree. It seems to work OK.  The problem is, the way it is set up, the 2 
> ends of the antenna are only about 30 feet apart, kind of like a V-beam.
> Is there a way to orient it different that would work better.
> I could set it up as an inverted 'L' and feed it in the center, or as a 
> 'C', with the center part vertical and the ends horizontal.  Would any of 
> these be better than what I have now.
> Main interests on 80 meters are contesting and working DX.
> No modeling software here.  Thanks and 73
> Tom W7WHY
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