Topband: Beverages in Rugged Terrain

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Sat Sep 23 10:08:18 EDT 2006

On Fri, Sep 22, 2006 at 04:15:44PM -0700, Jim Brown wrote:

> My new QTH is 8.5 acres in a mountainous area. I'm at 2,000 ft, with 
> a 200 ft ridge above me beginning a bit west of north (i.e., about 
> 330 degrees) and continuing to about 160 degrees) (on the order of 
> 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile away). Any Beverage that I install will need to 
> traverse one or more ravines with slopes of 45 degrees or more (up 
> and down). Is this something worth trying, or should I look to EWE 
> and similar antennas instead?  If I do install Beverages, do I want 
> to follow the slope of the ground (that is, maintain a constant 
> distance from the ground), or do I run them in a straight line? 

While I don't have terrain quite that steep - I do have some beverages
going along the sides of a prety steep ravine.  They go down perhaps
100 feet over a distance of about 500 feet - with one end essentially
at the bottom of the ravine.  They work surpisingly well.  

Tree N6TR
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