08-05-2005, 09:15 AM
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Join Date: Apr 2005
Originally Posted by BIONIC_TEXAN88
if i have enough height should i go horizontal or vertical for best dx'ing?
Horizontal my good man. If you had a beam that went back and forth between horizontal and vertical, like the Moonraker IV, you would see that some times there is an advantage of one over another.
If you only have the one option, always go horizontal for DX.
Don't waste your time with the 55 gallon drum. Sink a foot or two into the ground to stop the bottom of the mast from moving and bracket it to the side of the house. Use a rafter beam coming from inside the house to secure the mast to! Most people think the facia board is secured good enough. This is NOT true! Only a couple of nails hold those in place! I would even go as far as to support the rafter you tie off to, INSIDE the roof of the house.
If you go 60', make sure you use guy wires to support the pole.