11-28-2011, 10:18 AM
W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member
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Any vertical without ground radials is only half an antenna.
I have tried the Cushcraft R7, it worked, but so did my 1/4 wl 40 meter vert with ground radials, the 1/4 wl with ground radials hands down much better than the cushcraft.
If you can get a 32' flag pole up, (chain link fence posts comes to mind here, cheap and easy to work with from the home supply stores, or electrical emt conduit).
Bury some ground radials, 16 or 24 of them. bury them in the grass, I used 24 gauge green insulated solid copper wire, (had a 5000' roll of it).
It works great on 40 and has out performed the other commercial made verticals on the other bands.
If you are going to just use 100 watts then a automatic tuner at the input, in an environmental sealed enclosure or some tuners are even designed for exposure to weather marine type automatic tuners.
a unun at the feed point and put the rest of the money you save in your pocket compared to the zero five price.
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