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Old 03-15-2010, 09:57 PM
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In you're opinion which is the best wire antenna for 80, 40 and 20 meter ragchewing? I am using a homebrew G5RV. It performs well and excellent on 20 meters but I noticed my 20 meter aluminum dipole seemed to get a better signal on 20 than does my G5RV.
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:37 PM
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For rag chewing, I might have to vote for the loop, especially on 40 and 80 meters. I've also heard several people on a Super Loop (home made) and they were unbelievable loud on 80 meters. I'm not sure how well they would work on 20m, though.

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The best antenna, no matter what it's made with, is one specifically made for the band of use.
Want a good 'all band' antenna? Boy! You have some decisions to make with that one! A 'fan' dipole, multiple 1/2 wave elements from the same feed point is probably about the 'best'/simplest/cheapest if you can string it up.
I like loops and ladder line and don't think using a good tuner is all that 'bad'. So a loop resonant on the lowest frequency you'll ever use normally works on a lot of other bands too (not all of them, but most). In general, the longest, tallest, biggest antenna you can accommodate for the space you have is the 'best' for you.
I'd love to be able to afford a couple of 'Stepper' antennas. Not that I'd ever buy them, I just wish I could afford them!
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And just for grins, that G5RV was designed as a 20 meter antenna, that's where it was meant to work best. That it will 'work' on other bands is just incidental, and very over-rated.

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Loop will work great on 40-80. I use a full wave loop cut for 3.80 and it works fine on 40. It hears great on 20 but I havent used it much for transmit.

If your gonna use the loop on 20 I would suggest lader line feed. Just 40-80 coax fed will do fine. Coax will work on 20 but will have losses.

A double extended zepp will provide more gain but will be bi directional."single band"

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[QUOTE=W5LZ;187186]The best antenna, no matter what it's made with, is one specifically made for the band of use.
Want a good 'all band' antenna? Boy! You have some decisions to make with that one! A 'fan' dipole, multiple 1/2 wave elements from the same feed point is probably about the 'best'

I agree a fan dipole is great. I ran one for years with 160-80-40 legs. Currently I like my loop better than anything I have used so far. I strictly rag shew no dx chasin.

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In you're opinion which is the best wire antenna for 80, 40 and 20 meter ragchewing?...
you might want to research the NVIS type antennas.

they are great for ragchewing due to the high radiation angle and are simple to erect because they are close to the ground.

the DXer types call them "cloudwarmers", but they provide consistant signals out to about 800 miles radius or so with little QSB

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I run a Buxcomm 80 to 6 meter off center fed windom in an inverted V set up...works better than I expected it to...80 40 20 meters that antenna is really nice..use a tuner but it dont work to hard,works good on 17 but tuner is a must...160 and 15 meters the tuner just dont like it

Wire antennas are a comprimize unless you cut an antenna for each band you are wanting to work..That takes alot of wire and feed line though

But I am happy with the antenna that I use,but make sure you have a decent tuner

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The best wire antenna is the one you have of course.

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