Hi all i plan to do all 8 summits in my local area (Scottish Boarders area)before the end of the year.
To date i have done 3,using only VHF/UHF with my sota pole and small 3 ele beam. next summit on my list is G/SB-010 Housdon Hill however after reading reports from other people who have activated this summit they tell me i may struggle to activate this one with my VHF/UHF set up due to it being surrounded by the cheviot to the south and other hills to the north.
The last thing i want to do is get up there and fail to get the 4 contacts needed to activate it.
So i have decided to use an icom ic-718 and icom AH-4 long wire tuner to make life a little easier for me.
What i would like is some advice on wire antennas,what sort of system do other people use when on top of a summit??.
My plan was to 1, either pull some wire through my sota pole (8M) and use the AH-4 tuner at the bottom of the pole to tune the wire (Vertical style) or 2, Helically wind some wire onto the pole vertical and them make some sort of inverted L antenna ???
i would like to use 80m & 40m in particular so i can make some inter G contacts
The icom AH-4 tuner will tune these bands with as little as 7m of wire so that won’t be a problem.
Any ideas of wire configuration would be great
thanks in advance Keith M1VHT