03-16-2010, 04:47 AM
Crotchety Old Bastard
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Join Date: Apr 2005
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!
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.