Best height for a 6m Half-Square

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by K4EM, May 30, 2021.

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  1. K4EM

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    I am thinking of re-purposing (re-sizing to 6m specs) a 40m Half Square for 6m use. The horizontal wire would be about 60' for the 6m HS. Is that too high or just right?

  2. WA7ARK

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    How are you planning to route the coax from the feedpoint in the upper corner down to the ground?
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  3. WA7ARK

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    Looks like this:

    N is the height of the bottom of Wire 1 in feet. Wire 1 and 2 are 5.28ft each. Wire 2 is 9.53ft.
    Pay attention to the "3D Pattern" columns.

    Unlikely you will get these results after accounting for the coax shield routing/choking or lack thereof.
  4. W1VT

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  5. WA7ARK

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    Based on K9LA's analysis, N=15 ft is optimum.
  6. WB2WIK

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    Why would a 42 degree TOA be optimum for 6 meters?

    Makes no sense to me. My experience on 50 MHz over >50 years of using the band has always been "the higher, the better," and the 2x-3x Es is almost always at very low angles.

    My best-ever home antenna on 6m was four stacked 5L beams up 70 feet above ground at the lower beams (H-frame, with the beams stacked 2 x 2). Outperformed every single other 6m station in my area for many miles in all directions, and most of them wondered what the hell I was working when they heard nothing.:p
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  7. AK5B

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    I agree. Who really cares about single-hop Es?
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  8. W1VT

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    "The conclusion of this analysis is that elevation angles from 0degrees to 15 degrees are most important for 6m sporadic E propagation. These angles cover 700 km to 2300 km." from the referenced K9LA paper.
  9. K4EM

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    I thought of making 4 turns on a 3" or 4" form of RG213 and feeding at the corner and route the coax close to 45deg away from the feed point.

  10. M0AGP

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    Wow! That must have been a blast to play with! Ever try EME as the moon was rising?
    (sorry off-topic)

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