Opinions...BEST HEIGHT?

T. A. Russell n4kg@juno.com
Tue, 04 Feb 1997 13:23:21 EST


The radiation resistance of a Dipole Antenna changes with height above
(See ARRL Handbook or Antenna Book).  It goes through a minimum between
5/8 and 3/4 wavelengths (82 to 105 feet on 40 meters).

Power =  I squared R    -   For a constant power output, current (and
gain) is maximized when the radiation resistance is the least.

40M dipoles between 80 and 100 ft have proven to be very effective DX
For local communtication up to 600-800 miles, 40 to 50 ft works quite

BTW, for a 20M Yagi on a 24 ft boom, the boom is self resonant near 7.5
If you mount a 40M dipole above such an antenna, parallel to the boom,
Yagi boom will act as a parasitic director, pointing straight DOWN.  It
is better 
to mount the dipole parallel to the elements or match the Yagi boom as a
end-loaded dipole.

de Tom - N4KG


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