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Vertical HF Antennas

Feb 15th 2013, 18:39

KD1OK

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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Looking to buy a new Vertical HF antenna, ground mount or a few feet up. looking at the Cushcraft R8 and hy gain Patriot. Any opinions as to which one, and are there others I should be looking at ?
Apr 11th 2013, 01:11

N5LB

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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What did you decide to do? I have been using a half wave vertical on 20 but limited to one band right now. Wondering how these no radial verticals perform.
Apr 16th 2013, 21:06

N5UBZ

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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I came here to ask the same question about Verticals. I want an HF Vertical that will be easy to install and maintain. I have a disability and confined to a wheelchair so simply is the only way for me to go since I will have to hire an installer.
Thanks.
Mar 31st, 15:36

K5RGK

Joined: Jul 11th 2020, 22:44
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I'm considering installing a Hy-Gain Hy-Tower AV-18HT 10-80m vertical with options to include 17 & 160m bands as well. I understand it's an involved build, with radials recommended, but apparently considered the overall best available. I'm still studying the possibilities, and planning my purchase shopping list.
--Ron. KA5ITO
Jun 25th, 06:10

kb9fnn

Joined: Jul 23rd 2020, 14:30
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I've changed mt 10 meter vertical from 1/4 to half wave. My SWR was raise alot. One the 1/4 wave I use a simple choke balum but it doesnt seem to work for the half. Any ideas on the type of transformer I should use and how to make it? I am also using 450 ohm ladder line for this.
tnx-gregg kb9fnn
Jun 25th, 14:24

W1VT

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You may want to try experimenting with a quarter wavelength of 450 ohm ladder line feeding the vertical and a 1:1 choke balun at the transmitter end to transition to 50 ohms. You will unbalanced the ladder line, but the unbalanced line may yield acceptable performance,. It may be hard to find a simpler solution that uses the parts you already have.

Zak W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer


Aug 20th, 14:38

Johnniemoody

Joined: Aug 20th, 14:08
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I use a Zero 5, 43 foot vertical. 100 watt transmit from St Louis and first contact was San Pablo, Brazil. Routinely hit Europe,Australia and New Zeeland. Antenna is robust, easily erected and customer service is excellent.

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