Topband: Beverage above chain link fence

Ken Brown ken.d.brown at
Thu Dec 29 22:10:55 EST 2005

Hi all,

Probably the only way I will ever have a Beverage antenna at this QTH is 
to run it along the top of a chain link fence. I understand that a 
Beverage really needs to have poor to mediocre ground under it in order 
that the wave tilt will induce current in the Beverage wire. So running 
it above a chain link fence may make it not function as a Beverage 
antenna at all. I also realize that one more receive antenna option that 
can be selected is better than not having that option, even if it 
doesn't work optimally. I'd would like to hear your opinions about the 
utility of this antenna. Is it worth trying? How high above the chain 
link fence would be good? What if it could only be a few inches? How 
about weaving the wire in the chain link? (I suspect that would be 
useless, but what the heck)


Ken N6KB

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