[TowerTalk] Non resonant guy considerations

Crownhaven crownhaven at bellsouth.net
Tue Apr 30 18:30:09 EDT 2013

The only thing I can speak to regarding this issue is.......when I put 
up a tower with steel guys vs. no guys (bracketed tower), I found it 
virtually impossible to get my 40 and 80 meter inverted vees, hung off 
the tower, to play.  I finally got a decent SWR out of them but it was 
like tuning a 160 meter sloper.  I nearly had to find an antenna 
analyzer.  I replaced the steel guys with Phyillistran and everything 
was cool everywhere.  I don't think I would ever use steel guy wires again.

Steve, N4JQQ

On 4/30/2013 4:50 PM, Patrick Greenlee wrote:
> From: Steve MIller
> Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 3:52 PM
> To: Patrick Greenlee
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Non resonant guy considerations
> Patrick,
>        I don't think I would worry much about it.   I'm sure opinions differ but try it without first and if everything plays well, go with it.  If not, you can always break up the lines.   Lew Gordon did a study on hf and found that there was little difference between having the guys broken or one solid piece.   I have an 80' tower with no insulators.  My 2M5WL is 13' about that and I've had no problem working the "dx" --  here that basically means east coast though I have worked Wyoming, Texas, and New Mexico as well as Connecticut and other east coast stations on 2M.  (I must admit that was a few years ago but little has changed on my tower since).    Steve N0SM

More information about the TowerTalk mailing list