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Author Topic: Comments on vertical loaded dipoles?  (Read 3068 times)
KB0ASQ
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« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2011, 07:21:44 AM »

When I first got back in a few years ago, I started with a slinky dipole in the attic and then tried a TakTenna.  Did they work?  I made over 100 PSK contacts in three months with them.  Where they ideal? Heck no, but I got on the air after 15 years.

Finally I talked the XYL into letting me put up a windom.  I hooked the one end into the trees at the back of the lot and used a empty bleach bottle full of sand to provide tension.  Later I added wire and created a 220' loop.  I changed out the bottle with a 2 foot long tree branch that we cut out of one of the trees and added another one at the other side of the lot.  Now I have a rectangle loop and except for the white coax that I feed it with, you wouldn't be able to see it unless I pointed it out to you.

Performance is good, the past few weeks I have made about 75 DX contacts on PSK and JT65 as far south as South Africa.  On 10-40W depending on the mode.

Do I still want to strangle one of the guys in the club that talks about blowing up pile ups when he fires up his beam.  Sure, but they tell me the meds will take care of that eventually. Smiley

My point is, see if you can talk your XYL into letting you at least try a dipole or loop.  She will probably not even notice it after a day or two.
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« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2011, 11:49:02 AM »

My point is, see if you can talk your XYL into letting you at least try a dipole or loop.

Or trade your present XYL for one like mine who loves me, respects my wishes, and wants me to be happy.Smiley
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73, Cecil, www.w5dxp.com
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« Reply #17 on: April 21, 2011, 05:05:37 PM »

One of my first 40 meter DX antennas was a wire ground plane that went up into a tree.  The radials were, at first, laying on the ground.

Take a look at W4RNL's site for a good run through about verticals, top hats, and radials.

Best from Tucson
Bob
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