[CQ-Contest] Re: awesome double dipping, for dummies

Phillip Landmeier felipe at conexion.com
Mon May 3 13:00:46 EDT 2004

For 80 and 160m inverted vees, I've had good results from 
running two different length elements in parallel on each half 
of the antenna.  Even parallel elements of the same length, 
held apart with spreaders create an electrically "fat" element 
which lowers Q and widens bandwidth.  I've used the same trick 
on verticals.  Fat elements are a good thing:  lowered Q, 
broadband, lowered I^2R loss.

Phil, KW2P

On 3 May 2004 at 7:51, Bill Turner wrote:

> On Sat, 01 May 2004 11:49:41 -0500, Derrick Belbas wrote:
> >My filthy, sloppy solution was to cut each half of the inv. V for a
> >different part of the band.  In that case, it actually worked okay; tuner
> >not required from 3500 to 3950.
> _________________________________________________________
> This doesn't really do what you think it does.  You still have a half
> wave antenna, but now it is off-center fed.  If the matching ability is
> improved, that's good, but it is not because there are two resonances.
> It is partly because the feedpoint impedance is different and partly
> because the antenna is no longer balanced, which may actually improve
> things due to radiation from the coax.  
> --
> Bill, W6WRT
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