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Re: Topband: Fw: AM broadcast tower and 160m dxpedition

To: "'Bruce'" <>, <>
Subject: Re: Topband: Fw: AM broadcast tower and 160m dxpedition
From: "Charlie Cunningham" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:26:08 -0400
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Perhaps so - but Dale is gong down there to put in a 240' broadcast tower.

Charlie, K4OTV

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From: Topband [] On Behalf Of Bruce
Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 6:19 AM
Subject: Topband: Fw: AM broadcast tower and 160m dxpedition

I agree with Herb.     Also Haiti is on an earthquake fault. The quarter 
wave tower would have a better chance of survival and is safer.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Herb Schoenbohm" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 5:53 PM
Subject: Re: Topband: AM broadcast tower and 160m dxpedition

> Half wave verticals have been very disappointing to me over the years when

> I had the tall BC towers in my backyard to play with after midnight on 
> 160. I have had much better result in hanging 1/2 wave center fed slopers 
> of of high towers.  Radio stations seem to prefer if they have extermely 
> high towers like KSTP in St. Paul to split them with an insulated section 
> and feed them as a Franklin design and pick up some additional gain along 
> the ground. Some designs do not required two stacked half waves but 
> achieve significant height by folding back the top and bottom sections 
> with a cage or in fact using a top hat and an equivalent on the bottom. 
> The proper phasing section is mounted in a box at the center split and the

> feedline is inside the tower.  Why this should work any better than a 
> straight 1/2 wave, as it seems to is available perhaps in those who can 
> model and compare the two.  It seems however that topbanders who expect 
> good results with a bottom fed 1/2 over a traditional 1/4 wave over a good

> ground, seem to come away disappointed like myself.
> Herb Schoenbohm, KV4FZ

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