Can you experts help a beginner please - I know the “as high as possible” or “up a quarter - third wavelength” rules for getting a dipole up, but what have folks had success with in reality? I understand how a low dipole becomes an NVIS, which might not suit my purpose. Or would that NVIS setup be more what I want?
I’m interested in 40m / 20m. I have an Army surplus sectional mast that is about 37’, but lugging that in a duffle bag doesn’t seem in the cards. The painters pole at a store in town is 18’, but pretty unweildy.
I’m in Central PA (W3/SV), where it is somewhat hilly, and much of the trees are pine or hemlock with dense lower branches. I just don’t see me throwing that dipole up more than about 20-25 feet or so.
Thanks for any/all suggestions,