[CQ-Contest] Monster antennas
Ted Sarah - W8TTS
tsarah at neo.rr.com
Fri May 10 13:12:32 EDT 2002
Take a look at Tim (K3LR) Duffy's antenna set up. He has a VERY
successful contest station. The URL is: http://www.k3lr.net/
The best antenna pictures are under the Photos 2000 tab. And, if
I remember correctly, Tim designed and built most of the antennas
73 - Ted - W8TTS
"Randy Thompson, K5ZD" wrote:
> You would be better to think about several towers. The key to HF contesting
> success is to have a decent signal on all bands plus some diversity. The
> easiest way to get loud on multiple bands is monobanders. You can only put
> so many on one tower and to gain diversity, it is better to have them on
> separate towers with independent rotators.
> If you have unlimited money and 3 acres, I would start with something like
> 140' tower with 3-ele full sized 40 with sidemount stack on 10m
> 100' tower with 20m stack
> 100' tower with 15m stack
> Wires for everything else.
> Notice, it is not the height of the tower but how many of them that counts!
> Try to orient them so the antennas are side to side when beaming your most
> used direction (i.e. don't make it so one antenna has to beam through
> another for a prime direction).
> Randy, K5ZD
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: cq-contest-admin at contesting.com
> > [mailto:cq-contest-admin at contesting.com]On Behalf Of Ford Peterson
> > Sent: Friday, May 10, 2002 05:31 AM
> > To: cq-Contest at contesting.com
> > Subject: [CQ-Contest] Monster antennas
> > I'd like to hear from some of you guys with the monster antennas.
> > I've got
> > about 3 extra acres here that could hold a monster. Yes, it would be cool
> > to have a system that reaches to 200' or so, but would it play well?
> > I've never played a radio with an HF antenna >70 feet or so.
> > What should I
> > expect at 160'? Oh what the heck, why not 300'? Seriously, I'm
> > looking at
> > a new tower and am unsure about the "bang for the buck" on a big
> > boy tower.
> > My gut tells me that a high tower is a handicap on SS and any
> > other domestic
> > contest. Long haul DX may be different but is it going to make a
> > difference
> > in my score in ARRL DX, CQWW, etc.?
> > I'd be interested in any and all informed responses.
> > Ford-N0FP
> > ford at cmgate.com
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