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Author Topic: What antenna do you use on 30m?  (Read 5368 times)
W0GSQ
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« Reply #45 on: September 11, 2017, 04:52:53 PM »

Ground mounted 6BTV with lots of radials.
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WB0CJB
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« Reply #46 on: September 13, 2017, 10:06:56 AM »

There are days when I hear several stations on 30 and a few on 17. The vast majority of hams prefer SSB or digital so naturally there won't be a lot on CW. Couple that with a lot of them don't have anything set up for the WARC bands so you will find them staying on the traditional bands.

I enjoy getting on 30 and look forward to trying out 17. Yes there will be days that I call CQ endlessly but when I do work someone I enjoy the ragchew. Patience is a virtue and is often rewarded....
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« Reply #47 on: September 13, 2017, 10:26:25 AM »

Thank you WB0CJB for your agreeable contribution. You are right. Let's hope the WARC bands can keep their unique character. Just now I had again QSOs to Europe, this time via Short Path, on 30m, with modest means. It is interesting to note the variety of antennas that all work well on this band, where there is no clear winner in popularity (unlike say on 40m or 80m where it is mostly wire antennas, or on 20m-10m where it is mostly beams).

The other day 30m was wide open with big signals Long Path VK-EU but almost no VKs nor EUs were QRV! It is clear that many do discount or forget this band, and that it is very unique and nice for ragchew. Hope to see you there, though my own situation is just one antenna: http://30cw.net/vk5eee which is facing Europe and does not favor NA, though South/East US is not too bad.

I need to get around to making a vertical, or Ground Plane, as it is difficult for me to put up a dipole high and broadside to NA due to the small size of my garden and it's orientation. Thanks everyone for sharing your antennas, do keep them coming.
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« Reply #48 on: September 15, 2017, 07:41:29 AM »

30 meters is an interesting band.  I spent a few hours on it the other day on FT8, and it is amazing to see propagation stateside and DX all at the same time.  You can work people in the next state and across the globe in the same time period. Even with my "non optimal" antennas I was able to knock out a bunch of states really fast. I will pay more attention to it in my portable lower power CW operations as well in the future. 
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« Reply #49 on: September 16, 2017, 10:28:51 PM »

30 meter dipole w/RG8X:  15 minutes to build, 10 minutes to install.  No balun.  Works fine with no RFI reported in the last 5 years or so that it's been up.

It's actually a sloping, center-fed version.
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« Reply #50 on: September 19, 2017, 01:46:10 PM »

102 foot doublet with 600 ohm ladder line to Johnson Matchbox tuner up about 50-60 feet. 30m is a great band!
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N5PG
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« Reply #51 on: September 19, 2017, 03:57:45 PM »

Butternut vertical, been there since late 80's.

Excellent band.
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VK5EEE
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« Reply #52 on: September 19, 2017, 06:32:56 PM »

Fans of 30m may want to join this group: http://30cw.net
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« Reply #53 on: Today at 12:24:27 AM »

A 135ft doublet fed with 450 ohm ladderline. MFJ 989C tuner. Worked quite well.
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« Reply #54 on: Today at 06:30:30 AM »

A 135ft doublet fed with 450 ohm ladderline. MFJ 989C tuner. Worked quite well.
135 / 3.28 = 41m --- oh yes! That works very well on 30m, with gain over a half wave dipole, it's 3 half waves. I had that very antenna at previous QTH, with 300 ohm ladderline, and it sloped from 9m down to 1.5m (9x3.28=30ft), (1.5x3.28=5ft) sloping South to North and indeed worked really well from NW through N to NE so I could work Europe, Asia and North America all at the same time.
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