first of all many thanks to all chaser´s for 58 qso´s from Heersberg (DM/BW-064) on Wednesday, 27. January.
And especially many thanks to N4EX, AC1Z (ssb), VE1WT, K4MF and N7CW (cw) for the fantastic dx-qso´s!
@ your request (Tom):
At first: be aware, that the small vertical is a compromise between weight, compactness and functionality, but from my point of view, a good one!
My setup is as follows:
- Height of the antenna base (using a photo-stativ): abt. 0,5m up to 1,5m depending on terrain
- 2 Radials, Lambda/4, (Lambda /2 was a mistake…sri…) of each band (i´m using the radial-wire´s like a “linked dipol” to reduce a “wire-salad”
- radials directed in a “V-form” to the region, i want to cover (abt 45 degree)
- if possible, i mount the Antenna direct at the hillside and throw the radials downside.
- using the hillside to achieve a higher antenna-impedance (angle more then 30 degrees, most of the hillsides at the swabian alb will allow this)
- the first meters of the radials should be in the air, i pay no attention for the rest (laying on the ground/rock or hanging in the trees…)
- and at last but not at least: i´m using an extended Radiator, abt 2,85 m high (a foldable Surplus-army antenna, AT-271A, but for higher freq, it´s too long for the coil and you better use a telescope-radiator.
In the future, i´ll will experience with Delta-Loops for 20 m to improve my signal.
I have good experience with a vert. J-Pole-Antenna for 24 MHz, but i can´t find enough high trees and i can´t throw high enough for a 20 m-J-Pole
I hope, that my response was sufficient and perhaps interessting for other ham´s in this forum. And i hope, it was placed in the correct part of the forum, if not, please apology.
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73, Gerhard, DL4TO