Topband: Which compromise receiving antenna

Richard (Rick) Karlquist richard at
Mon Nov 26 11:27:22 EST 2018

On 11/26/2018 7:48 AM, gregg.w6izt1 at wrote:
> Pete:
> I'm using RG6 for my beverages. They are switched, bidirectional.
> Performance seems to be equivalent to a single wire beverage. They can also
> be deployed as a BOG. RG6 is cheap, and I built my own transformers and
> switches. If you suspect a problem, they can be checked out with an ohm
> meter. Not sure why these have not caught on as folks continue to struggle
> with ladderline and WD1. JK Antenna offers a commercial version as well.
> 73
> Gregg

I construct reversible beverages made of aluminum wire by
simply running RG6 along the ground to the far end.  (Not directly 
underneath, but offset 50 feet or so).  Relay boxes at each end select 
the direction.  What would be the advantage of suspending 100's of feet 
of RG6 above the ground as you have done, and going to the trouble
of constructing hybrid transformers?  RG6 doesn't lend itself to 
suspension.  With my method, I only need simple 3:1 transformers.

Rick N6RK

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