12-21-2013, 05:29 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Rogers, Ar
If you are going to run the antenna above 1/2 wavelength height where it will truly begin to have significant directionality then it will be best to point the two ends of the dipole 90 degrees away from where you want to talk.
For instance, if you want to talk west toward the mainland and east toward Europe it would be good to have the two ends of the dipole pointed more or less north and south.
If you are mounting lower than 1/2 wavelength high, it will not be so critical which way you orient it.
Until you get the dipole a good bit higher than that, wavelength or more, exact orientation will not be so critical.
This applies to horizontally mounted dipoles, and represents a rule of thumb.
This applies only as long as someone with bigger words in their answer doesn't convince you to believe otherwise.
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