Topband: FCP versus loaded or "T" radialsradials

Rick ve3mm richardstasiak at
Sun May 5 06:25:02 EDT 2019

Hi David

My noise level on top band is not too bad as I live near Lake Ontario and
am not totally surrounded by rf noise generators.

I’ve tried a few rx antennas (LZ1AQ loops, DX Engineering short verticals,
magnetic loops) but have settled on the inv L for receive. I just don’t
have the room for decent rx antennas.

This is certainly my limiting factor.  I keep thinking of a remote rx site
but haven’t found a spot that is available to me that also has good

Rick ve3mm

On Sun, May 5, 2019 at 3:25 AM CUTTER DAVID <d.cutter at> wrote:

> Hi Rick
> How do you find your inverted L on receive, or do you have separate rx
> antennas?
> David  G3UNA/G6CP
> > On 05 May 2019 at 00:55 Rick ve3mm <richardstasiak at> wrote:
> >
> >
> > 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
> > topband.
> >
> > 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.
> >
> > 73
> > Rick ve3mm

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