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mounting HF vertical antenna at top of tower

Jul 20th 2020, 13:38


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I have been considering mounting a HighGain 14AVQ vertical to the top of a 65' tower to replace a beam since I'm tired of fighting tree branches getting in the way of the antenna rotating. What are your thoughts on this?
Jul 20th 2020, 17:09


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Cecil came up with this optimized vertical.

My first choice would be to hire someone to permanently clear away the offending trees. I grow roses, and they grow better if I provide them with more light. I can now grow roses in the front yard after removing two large maples. I split costs with a neighbor as one of the trees was on his property.

Alternately, I would fix the beam toward Europe, as that is where most of the DX contacts are.

Signals are likely to be 8 to 10 dB weaker on the vertical, a huge difference in signal strengths.

Zak W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer

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