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Author Topic: Bent G5RV in Short Space vs. Shortened Antenna  (Read 751 times)
K3MOV
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« on: September 28, 2005, 12:08:24 PM »

I realize in advance that the answer to this question is most likely "it depends".  But I would still be interested in your input.

I am looking to improve my DX performance on 75/80 with a WIRE antenna.  Currently, I am using a full size flat top G5RV in the 90' space I have available.  It is about 35' high.  One end points down 90 degrees for about 12' along the tree which supports it.

The replacements I am considering are these:

1) Windom Half Square from Antennas & More. (http://www.antennasmore.com/windomhq.htm)

2) One of several "shortened" coax fed antennas.

3) Cobra Ultra Lite Jr. linear loaded antenna fed with ladder line. (http://www.k1jek.com/)

4) Leave the G5RV, which does do fairly well with dx, alone. (This, of course, is contrary to everything we believe in).

Tnx fer taking the time. 73, Tom
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2005, 02:35:34 PM »

None of these will make a significant difference: getting
the antenna higher or using vertical polarization are far
more important for good DX capability.

See my post in the Elmers forum.
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K3MOV
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2005, 12:36:46 AM »

Thanks to all for the replies.

I'm beginning to think this idea belongs in the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it category". Since I started logging my 75 meter DX in March of this year, the following is some of the DX I have worked with 500 watts and my 35' high G5RV: EA8, I2, VP5, EA1,YY5, NP2, 9Y4,, WP3, CO8, EI7, P40, 8R1, FY, HC1, PJ4, FG, TI, J88, YU1, OO5, DL, C6, CU, SP, PT, 4N1, S59, CT2, OE6, 9Z4, SM5, and on 9/14/2005 ZS6CCY.

Maybe I'm getting too greedy.
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