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Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by MrKenmore, Dec 21, 2013.
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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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Welcome to the forum.
A pretty good rule of thumb is shoot for at least 1/5 wave length above ground. Then you get to figure out what's going to be ->practical<- for you. I'd love to have an 80 meter antenna at 60+ feet, but it's not gonna happen where I live...
Since you passed your general test it's time to get on the ham bands. You will see a HUGE difference in ability to DX than you will ever see on CB channel 38. 20m is a killer for DXing.
As for orientation of a dipole, unless you get it up a full wavelength (about 35 feet on CB) it won't be very directional anyway so don't worry too much.
Got that right..
Get yourself a proper HF rig and get on the amateur bands. Being able to get to Europe on 10/15/20m is a daily occurrence at this time of year. 20m to Europe is a daily occurrence all year round. The UK from the USA is effectively "local".
10m band is wide open to the USA around 13:00 UTC closing here around 17:00 UTC when the sun goes down which I believe is around 8am to noon or so your local time.
I will keep everyone posted. Thanks again for all the tips! Great link wavrider.
Ggoogle any of them and see what you think.
Keep in mind you will need to have the antenna in an inverted V configuration for best impedance match.
Some ops say a true horizontal antenna works best, others say the inverted V works best.
I tried them both, they both work well.
That 40 feet apart thingy means you will be able to hang a 20 meter dipole antenna and higher in frequency. That should certainly get you 'hooked'...