Thanks for all the suggestions. Some really good food for thought.
One thing I forgot to include in the original message is the antenna, I
think, is really a lot higher than it seems.
The tree is right on the edge of about a 400 foot hill that slopes off right
from the base of the tree to all the good directions - North to Southeast.
I remember once I was talking to Dale, K6UA about my antenna, and he was
telling me my antenna actually thought it was about 200 feet high.
I have tried vertical antennas here with extensive ground radial systems,
and it seems as though there never was a time that the vertical was louder
than the inverted V, even back on the east coast.
I think I may try the vertical dipole with loaded top and bottom. Thanks
for all the suggestions.
>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
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