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G5RV Antenna Installation AI6OZ on 22/6/16
I had a commercial-made G5RV, of 204" length strung between two 60' tall eucalyptus trees, with a 45' fiberglass push-up mast at the center. It worked very well, save the fact that I could not work 17 meters...it just would not work and my internal tuner was unable to overcome the 3.1 SWR. One winter storm in 2010, a lightning bolt took out one of the eucs, leaving my antenna on the ground. Rabbits ate through the 300 ohm line.

My answer to your question is YES. It worked very well as a horizontal dipole, though I never tried it as an inverted V. Now that a younger euc has grown up next to the dead, storm ravaged euc, I am going to sling another 204' G5RV up in the near future.

For my money, I'd say go with the horizontal; try it then, if you can get the ends up 10' or more off the ground, play around with the antenna in the inverted "V" configuration. Keep copious notes, record your QSO's data and then judge for yourself which performs best to your liking.

Experimenting is a lot of fun, particularly when you come up better than you ever thought possible!

Let us know what you have concluded.

Vry 73 de Alan...N6HPO

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