Topband: Best 160 antenna

Stan Stockton wa5rtg at
Mon Aug 28 10:37:04 EDT 2017

Next to last paragraph is what I had focused on before sending you an email last night.  Seems there it is not cut and dried solution, maybe even some black magic, as opposed to an excellent ground system.  I would take my chances with 120 radials on ground given the choice and dispense with the all important choke.

Stan, K5GO

> On Aug 28, 2017, at 9:17 AM, Mike Waters <mikewate at> wrote:
> Maybe not. There has been more research done since I last read N6LF's
> writings, etc. The earth underneath must have something to do with it. In
> any case, the current has to be the same on all the radials.
> This is the first reference. See what you think.
> 73, Mike
> On Aug 28, 2017 8:03 AM, "StellarCAT" <rxdesign at> wrote:
> Really? Well established FACT? I’m quite confused then as reading John’s
> book it seems quite nebulous the impact of elevated radials. Doesn’t seem
> to be a ‘fact’ – more dependent on location and other variables. I’m not
> suggesting you’re wrong – just it seems the jury is quite out on this
> ‘fact’. W8JI measured a -4.3 db difference between 4 elevated and only 60
> (not 120) on the ground .... others show differences of -3 – almost -6 db
> ... I’m not sure itsquite that clear to say “well established fact” ...
> Gary  K9RX
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