[TowerTalk] antenna advice

Tom Osborne w7why at verizon.net
Wed Feb 28 22:21:26 EST 2007

Hi David

I do a lot of camping in the summer here and I have found that a good old 
G5RV works excellent.  I use an MFJ tuner and there is always somewhere to 
throw a rope over a tree and hoist it up.  If the area I'm in is too small 
to stretch it out, I just wind up the excess on a couple of pop bottles and 
load it up that way.  Works great on all bands.  73

>I have an opportunity to do some HF operating this summer from a cabin near
> Taos NM.  I plan to use a Ten Tec Argonaut. The simple solution for an
> antenna would be a  MFJ or SGC 230 antenna tuner with a 20 foot sloping 
> wire
> antenna element and a 2or 3 wire counterpoise. Main use will be PSK and 
> on 20 meters with some 30 meter use and depending on how well the antenna
> works 40 as well. I know a multiband dipole would probably be better but 
> the
> nearest tree to hang it in is a half mile away so a fiberglass push up 
> pole
> is going to have to work. Will the RF loses in the tuner be small enough 
> to
> make  purchasing it worth while or should I stick to radials on the ground
> and individual quarter wave vertical elements and run out and change
> elements whenever I want to change bands?
> Please reply to the group or to me personally at
> n5wmqmail at comcast.net
> thank you
> David

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