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« on: December 11, 2013, 02:59:51 PM »

I'm officially giving up on the vertical antenna scheme. I like being heard most of the time, not occasionally. I'll worry about the lightning issue come spring. Fortunately, I already have lots of good wire on hand.

Time to build another inverted L.

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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2013, 03:18:36 PM »

I been using this strange setup for a while on the 40-10. Strange Being so close to the ground it actually works ok. Using the 1,000 acre bob wire radial system.


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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2013, 03:19:28 PM »

Phil,

I haven't been following your posts about the vertical trials and tribulations, but yours are typical results.  I feel your pain... Wink

For "local" east coast work on 75M and 40M, it is hard to beat a dipole at 1/4 wave high. (even a shorty dipole)    

If you do go with the inverted L, be sure it is way in the clear, away from buildings, towers, power lines, etc.   (To reduce both pattern distortion/absorption and RFI)     A horizontal dipole is more immune to these objects due to its higher take-off angle and horizontal polarization.  It is less Earth ground dependent too. The higher takeoff angle is also better suited to closer in AMer population concentration on the east coast.

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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2013, 08:44:07 AM »

I can only take so much frustration and then I get pi**y. Just ask K4SMN.
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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2013, 08:52:19 AM »

I have been using an 80 meter horizontal loop for years, seems to work well and is pretty carefree.  Also easily used on higher bands with a tuner.  My 18HT mostly gets used for contests.
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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2013, 08:12:31 AM »

New "L" is up. Now just have to work on the feedpoint widgets...then we can light 'er up!
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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2013, 02:34:54 PM »

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 Ahh, do you really want to say " light 'er up!"??


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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2013, 03:53:42 PM »

Sure, why not? Life is more exciting.
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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2013, 05:28:33 PM »

I almost hate to bring this up, but an inverted-L is essentially a top loaded vertical. Grin

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« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2013, 11:19:14 PM »

Yep, 150' long. I've always had good luck with these. Just got it on the air with only time to lay out two (2) radials...playing very well.

It's really hard to get a 36' foot vertical to play well without lots of extra widgets.

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