Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by AD8DT, Dec 26, 2017.
What kind of vertical are you using? Is it just off the ground with a lot of radials, or up on a tower? If on a tower, have you managed to put up any radials?
I use a Hustler 6BTV ground mounted with a relatively extensive radial field...
I have never had a no radial vertical. With the exception of the Gap vertical I suspect the no radial antennas are very inefficient.
I had a 4BTV in the 80's. That was one of the best verticals I ever had, right up there with my butternut vertical. Both of them worked well because I had about 40 radials in the ground around them.
I couldnt be happier with my 6btv. While a tribander 70ft in the air would work better, it's just not my thing and as long as I continue to work the DX I want with my vertical I won't be looking for any other antenna
In Alaska, I had a 4-BTV with 35-ish radials under it (I stopped counting). It worked!
But then, I had a tri-bander and 141-foot open wire-fed dipole as well. Each had their place...
The only vertical antenna that will perform well without radials ain't a traditional quarter wave vertical, but a vertical dipole. If you want to use a vertical for anything but a dummy load, you gotta have radials.
I loved my 6BTV from the beginning. But I loved it a lot more when I upped my radials from 16 to 32.
Zombie thread got me again <sigh>…
zombie or not... I just picked up a 6BTV and hope to have it installed soon. Radials will be a challenge, but I'll add as I go.