[TowerTalk] Vertical radial wires.....how many and length

thaxton@ptgroup.com thaxton@ptgroup.com
Sun, 13 Feb 2000 11:25:18 -0800

    I need a little education from the group.  I have won an HF2V 
80/40 antenna at a raffle.  I have not worked with a vertical before 
but in doing some research it has become obvious that a 
significant amount of ground radials helps in performance.  So my 
questions is this:  how many radials, what length should they be, 
how is that calculated.  Secondly is there an optimum height above 
ground that a vertical should be mounted?  I happen to have a 1.5" 
pipe that would serve as a good mount.  Can or should the antenna 
be mounted close to the ground, i.e. 6 to 12" above the ground.

    I will tie the antenna into my existing ground system so there is 
a common ground for everything.  Any other tips on what to do or 
not do would be appreciated.



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