Topband: Short beverage

K4RO Kirk Pickering k4ro at
Sun Jan 23 06:01:03 PST 2011

Garry just described one my Beverage antennas.
It's the best QSO-per-dollar investment ever 
made in my station. I would not be without it. 
I used 185-footer that worked on 80 and 40,
and occasionally even pulled a new multiplier 
out of the QRM on 160 as well. Try it.


Kirk K4RO

On Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 05:23:48PM -0800, Garry Shapiro wrote:
> In the words of Bob, KN6J, one of the first topband DXCC's on the west 
> coast, "any Beverage is better than no Beverage". Subscribing to that 
> dictum, my first Beverages were 200 ft. long, made of flea-market hookup 
> wire, ran through dense forest on a steep hillside--and made a huge 
> difference. Bob's ran down a ravine, as you describe yours.
> Garry, NI6T
> On 1/22/2011 1:11 PM, Chuck Chandler wrote:
> > The discussion has got me interested in trying one out.  I thought my lot was too small, but there is a ravine into the neighbors land that might let me put out around 300 feet or so heading towards Europe.  It would run from one corner of my yard all the way across, and into the woods beyond my property.  The neighbor is cool, so permission should be possible.
> >
> > I know I'll need some RG-6, and the DX Engineering feed system seems reasonable.  Just add some wire (already on hand), a ground rod and figure out some supports.  It would need to be temporary so I could take it up when the grass starts to grow again, and so I could try other directions as need might arise.
> >
> > I guess my real question is if a short beverage is worth the effort.  Right now I am using crossed K9AY loops for recieve, and a 65 foot tall Inverted-L for transmit.  I seem to get out a bit better than I hear, though this winter I've been too busy for much DX.
> >
> >
> > 73 de Chuck, WS1L
> >
> > Oak Grove, MS - EM51
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