[TowerTalk] 4-Square Owners & Experts "& resonant trees..."
Bill Fisher - W4AN
Fri, 8 May 1998 10:19:12 -0400 (EDT)
> That, combined with the lower radiation
> angle, should make the 4-square quite superior to a high dipole. Most
> 4-square owners I've talked to think so.
Well I'm a 4-square owner and I am going to disagree with you to a
point. This winter I did some comparisons with N4RJ on 80M CW. Val is
running a inverted-V extended length dipole with the ends pulled slightly
toward Europe at a height of 165 feet. I'm not sure of the exact length
of the dipole. Every station that we compared with that night gave Val
one S-unit advantage over my 4-square. Every station we worked was in
Europe and Val and I were both running the same power output.
However, I seemed to be hearing better than Val (he was using a
beverage), and I believe I am far superior in all other directions
especially to Asia.
I think a high dipole (150' + ) on 80M is a VERY good transmit antenna in
it's favored directions. Combined with some phased beverages for RX, I
believe this is better combination than a 4-square to those directions.
However, the 4-square is very versatile.
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