Topband: Snow plus vertical

Peter Sundberg sm2cew at
Fri Feb 29 13:56:44 EST 2008

At 11:49 2008-02-28 , WY7I wrote:
>Hi Topbanders,
>Here's something that's bugging me, and perhaps a few of you fellow
snow-cats can give me some advice. 
>I'm considering a triangle of MA160V's (Cushcraft) along with radial
plates on each. The problem is that here in Southern Colorado, we receive
about 4-8 feet of snow during the winter. It seems obvious that I can't
ground mount the hot side of the vertical because it will get covered up.
SO, I'm going to raise it up by mounting it on top of a steel tube that
runs down into the radial plate. It would look sort of like an umbrella
stand for your outside patio umbrella.
>I'm not familiar with this antenna yet, but--what will happen if I raise
the feed point up? I'm thinking that the 7' tube, being connected to the
radial system will work as normal. Will the elevated feed point affect the
>Any comments on this idea? 
>Regards to all,

Paul, I have a number of verticals for 160m -> 40m that have the base
covered in deep snow during the winter, and I see no problems at all. I
would not go through the trouble of trying to elevate the base 7' because
of snow. 

73 de Peter SM2CEW

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