Thank you, to all who took the time to offer good insight and experience. It
is refreshing to see this type of response.
Solely as a result of longevity (read that, being old with 356 confirmed), I
have some personal experience to draw on. In the past, my 40m dipoles at
75'-80' have pretty consistently beaten "some" phased verticals, to include
some 4 squares. This was true on 80m, as well. I assumed it related to the
technique and caliber of the 4 square installations.
Some of the responses reminded me to consider other options, such as wire beams
or loop configurations. We recently down-sized from a large home and lot to a
new brick villa home on a 75x190' lot. The rear 60' is wooded, and the lot on
the right is vacant and heavily wooded. I'm trying to buy it.
Today, I think I'll see if I can get a 2 element wire beam, switchable NE/SW up
in the trees at 50' or so. It would probably require less effort than a 4
square. Another option may be to consider an elevated 2 or 4 element GP. That
configuration will probably bring about the old ground vs. elevated radial
discussions ; ).
Again, thanks to all for their input. Truly a great bunch of folks reside here.
73 John W4II
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