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Author Topic: No trap vertical antenna suggestions  (Read 1216 times)
KI4HLB
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« on: May 29, 2007, 08:40:41 PM »

Hi all!

I am in the market for a good quality vertical, I cannot afford an IR vert but I can spend up to 500.00 and a radial system is not a problem, who has good results with what?
Should I go with an HF9V? seems to be a good choice.

Let me know folks...


73  DE  KI4HLB

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VA1CQ
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2007, 11:08:39 PM »

That's simple. Buy a used Steppir. It's the only logical choice in 2007.

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W5CPT
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2007, 06:34:14 AM »

While I am not a big Steppir fan (great antenna - lots of money), there is a 6-40 vert for sale in the eHam classifieds.

I "am" a fan of buying the aluminum from Texas Towers and building my own. A set of phased quarter wave verticals for 30M cost less than the least expensive commercial antenna I could find. They share the radial field with my 40M/80M antenna and are steerable. Hard to beat. And you get to tell people "The antenna here is a set of phased verticals I built myself" which is sort of neat.

Clint - W5CPT
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K8TDJ
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2007, 06:55:17 AM »

If I had to do it over again, I would build my own; probably out of wire, perhaps out of aluminum, at least 33' long, probably elevated at least 33' (1/4 wave on 40 meters) with at least 8 elevated radials. Feed? probably 450-ohm line, perhaps RG-8X with a choke balun at the feedpoint. There are many ways you can build a vertical cheaper and better than "off the shelf". If I wanted 80 meter coverage, I would add top loading. Commercially, I would buy an MFJ 1492 or 1493. Good luck and 73, Jim K8TDJ
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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2007, 07:22:16 AM »

http://www.n3ox.net/projects/lowbandvert
20-80m

http://www.n3ox.net/projects/sixtyvert
30-160m

That's what I use, anyway.  I've never used a commercial vertical, so can't give comparisons.  My radial field is 27 radials 15 to 40 feet long.

I've cracked some big DXpedition pileups (1A4A and 5A7A come to mind) on 80m CW with 100W on the big antenna.

The only quantitative thing I can say is that the big antenna is a measured 6dB better on 160m than the smaller one ;-)

73,
Dan
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Dan
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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2007, 09:31:34 AM »

I saw the Hy-gain ATM-65 Telescopic Aluminum Mast at Dayton this year and was really impressed with the heavy duty materials.  For $200, this is a really good deal.  The sections can be adjusted in length for different bands and when isolated from ground can be sturdy vertical.  I looked at your bio, and notice you have an A3 tribander already.  Do you need to duplicate the A3's coverage with the vertical, or would 40 and 80 meters do?  If you have a tall tree, a simple vertical wire hung from a high limb will work as good as anything.  It's the radial field that counts.
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VA3XQ
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2007, 03:47:05 AM »

Butternut
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2007, 12:23:44 PM »

Zero-Five 41' multi-band vertical.  Hands down!  It's built like a tank and works extremely well.  Check it out.  www.zerofive-antennas.com.  

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KA1YUW
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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2007, 08:08:56 PM »

Want a good vertical? Get the Hygain 18 hytower jr. I have one and it works great. Price is right to. $349.
No traps or coils. And I have owned most of the verticals on the market and this one beats them all.
Butternut is ok but it is high angle radiatiion on 10 meters and you have to go out and ajust the coils for some other bands which is a pain. I know i had one.
John ka1yuw
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