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Author Topic: Outbacker as a temporary antenna  (Read 414 times)
KG4KTB
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« on: May 15, 2003, 08:55:00 PM »

I want to use my Perth Plus as a temporary antenna mounted on an old camera tripod, planning to work 20 & 40 meters over a weekend away from home. I know the "Joey" version uses a 12' counterpoise. Would this work OK for the Perth? Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2003, 09:09:18 AM »

Any abbreviated antenna, especially spirally wound ones, as rather lossy. With such a simple counterpoise, you're adding insult to injury. You'd be a lot better off using a small tuner and a long wire, and it's easier to pack for a trip.

Alan, KØBG
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AB8JC
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2003, 02:34:53 PM »

Once again, Alan refuses to answer the question posed.

Use a ~1/4-wave wire for each band.  The Joey's 12' counterpoise is a compromise, designed for that specific antenna.  Your full-size Outbacker will work better with a full 1/4 wave for the band(s) of interest.
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