Best multi-band, no-radials vertical?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by AD8DT, Dec 26, 2017.

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  1. AD8DT

    AD8DT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm looking at verticals for 80 thru 10 (6 would be a plus). A ground radial system is not an option at my QTH. Planning on mounting on a 30-40 foot telescoping tower. I'm reading reviews, including horror stories about missing and/or damaged parts received and terrible assembly instructions.
    Anyone have any positive suggestions?
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  2. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Then your only efficient option is to run a vertical dipole, and match it at the feed point with some kind of remote tuner or equivalent. Any vertical wire antenna has to have a counterpoise. When you see people trying to sell you a no-radial multi-band resonant vertical antenna, walk away...

    If you are putting up a tower, you could make a truly "wire" vertical dipole that slopes gently away from the tower, and is anchored at the top. I wouldn't try to load a telescoping tower, since the bonding between sections won't be reliable, but you could certainly use it as a support for a wire dipole. An inverted V antenna, hung from the top of a tower, is also a very reasonable antenna, and if combined with a remote tuner, it can be made very efficient over many bands.

    An alternative to a vertical wire antenna is the small transmitting loop (STL). It's going to be tough to effectively cover 80m through 10m with a single STL, but a pair of them could be made to work quite well, with one sized for the higher bands, and one sized for 80m and 40m. Don't buy an STL -- build it for yourself if you want it to have any efficiency. A vertically-oriented STL is also a vertically-polarized antenna, but it will occupy much less space (especially height-wise) than the vertical dipole.
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2017
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  3. KY5U

    KY5U Subscriber QRZ Page

    Yes, get on a unicorn and ride into Never Never Land to Humpty Dumpty's house and there will be one there. The "no radial" vertical is mostly a fairy tale. People will argue and try to get you to buy unicorn poop antennas. There are solutions for small yards to get radials in. Some 1/2 wave antennas can work without radials but 1/2 wave on 40 meters is 65 feet, 125 feet on 80M. They make sloper antennas that work on multiple bands using a 9:1 balun and 56 feet of wire,

    MFJ makes a ground plate that you can mount a vertical on and get away with a few short radials. Good luck Sir Knight on our quest for the Holy Grail of antennas, the great performing no radial vertical.
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  4. W4IOA

    W4IOA Ham Member QRZ Page

    A Gap Titan if you go without radials. I also suggest a minimum 600w amp if you're interested in ssb contacts on 40m and 75m
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  5. W4IOA

    W4IOA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was expecting you to bring your A game, C+ on this effort. Not feeling well?
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  6. W4IOA

    W4IOA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Less than $40 you can get 500ft of 14g wire at Lowes or HD. $10 of lawn staples and you're ready to go.
  7. AG4RT

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    Probably not, based on recent posts he’s made on his health.
  8. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

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  9. VK4HAT

    VK4HAT Ham Member QRZ Page

    GAP Titan and GAP Challenger have good reviews on Eham, not cheap but they do work.
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  10. W4IOA

    W4IOA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yep. I mounted one on my 10x12 shed roof. It worked alright, I would often switch from my yagi to it to see the difference, yagi always won. But it did a fair job on WARC bands and with a small amp 40m and 75m I could be heard.

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