Cushcraft R8 - Bend the Radials?

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by K6AUR, Jan 8, 2021.

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  1. K6AUR

    K6AUR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am mounting a Cushcraft R8 in a space-constrained location (the only spot available in my QTH.) The base of the antenna will be about 12 feet above ground level, on a pole fastened to a tilt-over base.

    One or two of the 7 radial wires that surround the base of the antenna will be close to or over the property line. To avoid irritating my neighbor, I would like to permanently bend those radials (which are about 4 feet long) by 45 to 60 degrees a foot or so from their ends.

    Is this likely to have a significant effect on the antenna's performance? If so, are there any steps I can take to offset any degradation?

    Would it make sense to bend all of the radials at the same angle, to maintain a uniform spacing between them?

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
  2. K6CLS

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    I've done that accidentally. bent a radial n my R7, no difference in performance that I could find. Go ahead. Good luck - the radials are spring steel and want to spring back!
  3. RW4HFN

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    Disconnect these 1-2 radials... There will be no difference.
  4. AA5MT

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    Yes, it will not affect the performance, but it might change the resonant frequency. In that case you just have to retune. The radials are 1/3 of the antenna.

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  5. AK5B

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    "I suggest bending your neighbor instead."

    AK5B, SPCA President
    (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Antennas)
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  6. WE4E

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    Bending the radials a foot from the end should be basically irrelevant.
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  7. RW4HFN

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    imgonline-com-ua-2to1-C7C7zfdLKOwc.jpg Modeled the situation in MMana. When bending two 4' radials at half of their length UP under 45 - the frequency at 20m goes UP 16kHz. DOWN - DOWN 21kHz.
    Better - one up, the other down. The resonance frequency varies very slightly down.
    Ideally, one under 60 up, two adjacent - down under 45.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2021
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  8. K2CD

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    Remove them, put somewhere safe for future use, replace them with some aluminum wire you can bend so as not to annoy the neighbor. Maybe something like that?
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  9. RW4HFN

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