[TowerTalk] HF2V Elevated or On Ground

GARY HUBER glhuber at msn.com
Wed Nov 13 19:54:47 EST 2013

I've run several top loaded HF2Vs over two dozen 66 foot radials over water 
bearing clay and septic leach field the past 27 years at my current QTH. I 
chase DX on 160 - 80 - 40 and get good results (Wake Is. on 160 - 80 -40) 
and good reports from locals who go on major DX-peditions when I work them 
as well as when they return. Two dozen 33 foot radials would be a minimum 
for a ground mount except under extreme conditions.

I've also used the HF6V elevated with excellent results on 80 and 40. then 
ground mounted over the radial system mentioned above with similar results.

73 ES DX,
Gary -- AB9M
-----Original Message----- 
From: James Setzler
Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 2:48 PM
To: towertalk at contesting.com
Subject: [TowerTalk] HF2V Elevated or On Ground


I've a Butternut HF2V that used to be elevated with the feedpoint at 10 ft.
and 2 tuned radials each on 40m and 80m also at 10 ft.  I was satisfied with
it; it seemed to hear well enough and I often got good signal reports on
40m.  During reconstruction I moved it to ground mounted with 12 radials
each 10 to 33 ft. long; it's not getting many more.  I also installed a 40m
inverted V with the feedpoint at 65 ft.

The ground mounted HF2V seems to be worse that the elevated vertical was.
The elevated vertical often got good signal reports; the ground mounted
never.  The dipole always beats the vertical, listening and transmitting.

Anyone else have experience with the HF2V mounted up using elevated radials
versus ground mounted with limited on-ground radials.

    73 James K1SD


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