Topband: FCP versus loaded or "T" radialsradials

Rick ve3mm richardstasiak at
Sat May 4 19:55:26 EDT 2019

My lot is 60x100 ft with a swimming pool taking up most of the backyard. I
managed to squeeze in an 160 m inv L running from the back fence to a tree
in the front yard.   A K2AV FCP is mounted on the back fence on standoffs
at just under 6 ft above the ground. One end of the FCP turns 90 degrees
and runs 6 ft down the side fence. Right now I am at 143 entities worked on

I also use this antenna and same FCP on 80m. It is end fed as a half wave
with a matching network and the FCP is tuned with vacuum relays to work on
80m. (Thanks Guy). This antenna has netted me 138 entities on 80.

I would not be on these bands at all and having this fun without the FCP.

Rick ve3mm

On Sat, May 4, 2019 at 6:12 PM Joe Galicic <galicic at> wrote:

> Pete.  I use an inverted L over K2AV FCP on my tiny quarter acre lot in
> Point Of Rocks, MD. It has made all the difference in the world for my
> results on 160 meters.  Before the FCP I used and inverted L with limited
> ground radials.  Once I installed the FCP and worked (many many hours,
> thank you Guy) with Guy (K2AV) to get it working properly my performance on
> 160 meters went through the roof.  It is responsible for finishing DXCC +
> and WAS in the course of a year.  I can’t say enough for the K2AV FCP on
> small lots !!  Please go forward with confidence that the K2AV FCP will
> work well for you too.  -Joe N3HEE
> > On May 4, 2019 at 12:14 PM N4ZR <n4zr at> wrote:
> >
> >
> > At the risk of setting off a food-fight, I'm interested in opinions on
> > shortened radials (T or loaded) versus the K2AC/W0UCE folded
> > counterpoise design.  W8JI has an interesting unfinished page
> > <> attacking the FCP.
> > Tom's a combative fella, but he's also very smart.  I am putting up an
> > inverted L, trying to avoid having to lay down 6000 or even 750 feet of
> > on-the ground radials, and don't really have room for resonant elevated
> > radials on 160.
> >
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> > 73, Pete N4ZR
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