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Re: Topband: Two Wire Beverage Query...

To: Tom Rauch <>,
Subject: Re: Topband: Two Wire Beverage Query...
From: Larry Molitor <>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 07:41:08 -0700 (PDT)
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This discussion has been interesting and informative especially because I've 
been considering the construction of a two wire Beverage system later this year 
when I can get into the pasture again.
I have to wonder if the two wire Beverage is worth the effort. It seems a lot 
more people have them than I first thought but they don't seem to brag about 
them much. Is this because of lackluster performance caused by the stringent 
requirments for transformers and grounds? Are these antennas just to 
complicated to be useful?
Assuming a person overcomes the transformer issues, what about grounds? Tom 
suggests that grounds are critical and require rods and radials in most cses. 
Consider my situation where I cannot drive a ground rod in more than two feet 
before I hit rock. Radials longer than 20 to 30 feet are out of the question 
and anything I put in must be removed in the Spring. Two rods have been 
sufficient for single wire Beverages but probably not good enough for the two 
wire version. I don't know of any other way to provide a termination.
What about frozen earth in the winter? What happens to the termination 
impedance and the two wire performance then?

Anyone have any experience overcoming these problems in a pratical manner?
Larry - W7IUV

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