[Antennaware] Low RF Output on Butternut Vertical Help???

OTAKEBI@aol.com OTAKEBI at aol.com
Tue Oct 18 20:07:31 EDT 2005

I have a Butternut HF6V-X ground mounted with 30 radials and a   Butternut 
Butterfly Beam.
Both show good SWR but when compared to my G5RV  they show less RF  output.
Going through the same connectors and  equipment the Butternuts show about  
watts less output on my Bird  meter.
I am using a Corsair II with no ALC foldback in it.
If I switch  rigs to OMNI V I get same low output.
I Also checked it out on an old  Heathkit SB-401 with the same  results.
Here is what I get on the  Corsair II.
75 watts output flat SWR into the vertical with no tuner.
90  watts output flat SWR into G5RV going through an MFJ tuner.
70 watts output  flat SWR into Butternut Beam with no tuner.
90 watts output flat SWR into  G5RV going through MFJ tuner.
These readings taken at 28.375 and  14.300.
Now, if I use the tuner on the Butternuts and set at same SWR I get  a  
more output, about 10 watts, at same settings.
Do any of  you antenna Guru's have any information as to what is causing  
I  have checked all the contacts points on the Butternuts.
I have cleaned all  connections. 
I have checked all connectors outside and the coax for  water.
I am going Butter NUTS at this  point.

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