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Re: [Yaesu] ATAS 120 in the attic

To: "'Willard Morton'" <mortonwc@yahoo.com>, <yaesu@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [Yaesu] ATAS 120 in the attic
From: "John Wagner" <jwagner@dxengineering.com>
Reply-to: jwagner@dxengineering.com
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2005 08:46:59 -0400
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K0BWQ wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: yaesu-bounces@contesting.com 
> [mailto:yaesu-bounces@contesting.com] On Behalf Of Willard Morton
> Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2005 9:40 PM
> To: yaesu@contesting.com
> Subject: Re: [Yaesu] Yaesu Digest, Vol 34, Issue 11
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> I have installed the ATAS 120 in my attic using counterpoise 
> wires.  I would like to know if anyone has advice on how to 
> improve the set up.
> Willard Morton K0BWQ

The ATAS is acting like a non ground mounted antenna. In that case, the
counterpoises need to be 1/4wl for each band you want to use for decent
performance. This is probably not feasible in the attic. I guess you just
need to do the best you can, making the counterpoises as close to 1/4 wl as
possible. The feedline ground should go to the counterpoise system. Do not
ground the counterpoise to station ground or a ground rod. You also might
want to use a feedline choke to make sure the feedline is not acting as part
of the antenna. It should be placed just outside the counterpoises.

73 John W8JJW

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