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Re: Topband: K9AY over rocky ground

Subject: Re: Topband: K9AY over rocky ground
From: "Wojciech Szeliga, SP9P" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 22:27:01 +0200
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Jeff Maass pisze:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: 
>> [] On Behalf Of Björn Mohr
>> Sent: Saturday, February 10, 2007 5:19 AM
>> To: 'Topband'
>> Subject: Topband: K9AY over rocky ground
>> I have a K9AY that I would like to try at my mountain QTH. I 
>> am on the top where there is little or no soil, just bare 
>> rock. I have seen references to using the K9AY over rocky 
>> ground using 4 radials laid out on the ground.
>> What kind of performance should I expect in a situation like 
>> this? How long radials should I use?
>> 73 de Björn /SM0MDG
> G'day Bjorn:
> On Curacao, at PJ2T, the soil is a few inches
> deep over coral rock, I was not happy with the
> performance of a K9AY installed over twelve
> 30-foot radials.
> In January, we installed (Field Day style) a 
> DX Engineering 4-square RX antenna system. The 
> active vertical whips require ground, and we tried
> six 30-foot radials under each. In this case, the
> antenna worked very well for us, providing amazing
> front-to back (nulling out the USA to allow us to
> hear South Americans better.
> The bottom line is that you cannot know how the 
> K9AY will perform for you in your environment
> unless you try it. "Any RX antenna is better than
> no RX antenna", and "More are better".
> We migrated to flag/pennant RX antennas in place
> of the K9AT at PJ2T, which have proved over the
> past several years to work well over the lousy
> ground, as do our two permanent Beverages.
> 73,  Jeff  K8ND
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Jeff the next step should be 4sqK9AY
and second link

Much much quiter to static (closed loop)
better F/B
better F/S
one design work wel on 80/40 mtr or 160/80 mtr

73, Joe, SP9P
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