Topband: Tee Verticals

Mike(W5UC) & Kathy(K5MWH) w5uc at
Fri Oct 20 07:27:50 EDT 2006

>Second thought. Elevated radials need to be a signficant fraction of a 
>wavelength above ground to provide the full benefit of elevating them. 
>See the ARRL Antenna Book and ON4UN's book for a discussion of this. So 
>the second thing I would do if I were you is to look seriously at your 
>radial system. You might find a few dB of improvement there. I've 
>bought some junk wire to improve my radial system, and expect to pick 
>up a dB or so by the time I'm done."

 Amen.  Last fall I decided to rework my radial system. Here on this small
city lot it's difficult, and nice long, straight, 1/4 wl radials are out of
the question.  I put down 16 thirty foot radials.  Not much of an effort,
and that's what I got in return; not much.  This fall I expanded that radial
system.  I now have 62 radials, of any and every length as dictated by the
size/shape of my property, and unquestionably, I can tell a BIG difference.
Get some wire(lots) and start putting it down. I now have around 3000 feet
of wire down, and it is well worth the effort. I have worked two Europeans
and KL7J already this fall, with 100 watts. As soon as the K9AY array is in
place & working(today) I will correct that 100 watt situation.  

Mike, W5UC


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