[CQ-Contest] Question about CQ WPX - Tribander/wires category

Hank Greeb n8xx at arrl.org
Fri Jun 4 20:08:14 PDT 2010

Thanks Ryan:

Your information is well worthwhile.

I'm still not sure whether my preferred, most simple, construction 
project would qualify.  That would be one antenna, a full wave 80 metre 
loop, probably a triangle, fed at one corner, and about 40' high..  
Would it qualify if I use it on 80 thru 10 metres?  From reading the 
Cebik Site, it would (which I can do on the first 3 acres of  my 9 acre 
lot) there'd be some gain, and some low angle radiation in some 
directions.  The pattern, would be quite fragmented, especially on 20 
thru 10 metres.   Working with wire is much easier for me than working 
with towers, because of a few strategically located natural antenna 
supports (some folks call them trees).

I probably should confirm with K5ZD before I embark on any final 
construction project.

73 de n8xx Hg

p.s. But it's really fun "running with the 'big guns' with a peanut 
whistle" during a contest like CQ WPX!

On 6/4/2010 5:28 PM, Ryan Jairam wrote:
> It is important to remember that it is not really triband wires, but tribander SINGLE ELEMENT. I think (my opinion) that it was a huge mistake to nickname it TB Wires because a lot of efficient antennas can be made from wires. But anyway it is tribander single element.
> So the guys with v beams wire beams etc would not qualify for the TS category.
> In my opinion Warc band antennas are irrelevant because we don't contest on the warc bands so it gives zero advantage during the contest. If warc band antennas were disqualified the guys with steppirs, verticals or even g5rv's would be in a pickle because they wouldn't qualify for TB Single since those antennas are "all band" antennas and not triband antennas.
> Remember the intent of the category - to give a typical single tower home station a shot at winning amongst the big guns with stacks of beams, four squares etc.
> Ryan, N2RJ

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