[SEDXC] Question about 30 meter halfwave vertical for the antenna gurus

Tad Williamson ironbutttad at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 20 05:33:57 PDT 2010

I got one of the 43' verticals from DX Engineering and was thoroughly impressed with the construction and nice way it tilts up.  I wasn't so impressed with it's perfomance, but "nothing ventured, Nothing gained."   It may be location and/or radial configuration or something else, but I've gone back to my OCF for 80/40 and a Bazooka for 160.
Anyway, I figured the vertical was only a little over 3' shy of a halfwave on 30 meters and I have some aluminum rods that I could afix to the top and make the 46' 3" length for the halfwave.
I did a little searching on half-wave verticals and got mixed answers on radials--a couple said use the full compliment of radials like a 1/4 wave vertical, but more seemed to lean towards a counterpoise (single radial if you will) at a half-wave.
Anybody ever try this and if so how did it work and what is the radial/counterpoise configuration?
The antenna is ground mounted and has a 4:1 Unun at the base (that can be removed if necessary).
Thanks in advance for any replies.
73, Tad, WF4W

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