[Antennaware] Butternut radials

Jim Miller JimMiller at STL-OnLine.Net
Thu Oct 11 22:58:37 EDT 2007

You don't need as many as on the ground BUT they have to be tuned (and for
each band).  The discussion will be a long one and will have many varied
answers.  1) Not as many(4,6,8 pick a number), 2)tuned, 3) for each band.

IMHO, 73, de Jim KG0KP

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gary Smith" <Gary at doctorgary.net>
To: <antennaware at contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2007 8:39 PM
Subject: [Antennaware] Butternut radials

> Hi,
> I've got the butternut 9 band vertical & need to put it in a new QTH.
> At the old QTH I had around 90 burried radials 60' each and it was
> ground mounted. Now I'm in a location that ground mounting won't be
> so easy to do as there's a lot of briars & scrub where the radials
> would have to go. I'm 100 feet from salt water so I'll have that to
> my advantage.
> I have two realistic choices, one is to mount it on the existing roof
> mounted tripod & the other is to mount it on a pole 8' above ground
> and run radials from there. Seems like the roof mount would surely be
> the best way to go.
> So now comes the question of radials. I sure can't have as many as at
> the last QTH. Any experience out there regarding the number of
> radials I'll need & the best length to use to reach diminishing
> returns? Low angle is what I'm going for as I enjoy DX on CW.
> Thanks!
> Gary
> ka1j
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