Topband: Which compromise receiving antenna

Joel Gray joelgray77 at
Tue Nov 6 11:06:04 EST 2018

For the last two seasons, I had two 225' BOGs put out; one pointing NE, and
one pointing SE.  They worked well.  I also have a K9AY, and in general, I
like the K9AY performance better than the BOGs.  And it provides 4
directions in a small footprint.  Mine hangs from a tree branch.  I found
that occasionally one of the BOGs would work a bit better than the K9AY,
but not very often.  I am debating whether to even put the BOGs out this
year.  That being said, BOGs can work well, are pretty simple to do, and
fairly inexpensive.  I have not tried the reversible kind so can't comment
on that part.  73.

On Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 9:40 AM N4ZR <n4zr at> wrote:

> I've just spent a very educational hour with Google Earth looking at my
> Beverage options for 160M.  On a 45/225 azimuth I can only get about 215
> feet.  Is that even worth doing with a conventional Beverage? What about
> a BOG?  Because of my lot layout I will need to use a reversible 2-wire
> Beverage with the NE end right outside my shack.  Don't know if the
> KD9SV reversing transformers will work for a BOG.
> My other reasonable receiving option is a K9AY loop or similar.
> Transmitting antenna will be an inverted L, with vertical section
> probably no more than 60 feet. I'd like to finish my 160M DXCC this
> winter if possible
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