How Many HF Bands Do You Have Antennas For?

Discussion in 'Survey Center' started by NN4RH, Aug 12, 2017.


What bands do you have antennas for ?

  1. VHF/UHF Only

    5 vote(s)
  2. Only 1 HF band

    4 vote(s)
  3. 2-3 HF bands

    10 vote(s)
  4. 4-5 HF bands

    25 vote(s)
  5. 6 or more HF bands

    99 vote(s)
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  1. KM4DYX

    KM4DYX Ham Member QRZ Page

    At the moment I've got an 80/40/30/20 segment dipole hoisted up. That could change in the next few minutes. I'm just wired that way. (see what I did there...)
  2. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    A better way to have phrased the question is:

    "How many HF bands are you able to operate effectively on?"

    A ladderline-fed 160m or 80m dipole at 150 feet would probably do very well on all of them.

    A dummy load would as well - but not "effectively"

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  3. KJ3N

    KJ3N Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ashamed and pitiful? That's being rather hard on yourself, isn't it?
  4. KJ3N

    KJ3N Ham Member QRZ Page

    All of them. :p
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  5. K8PG

    K8PG QRZ Lifetime Member #333 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    All of them .
  6. W0LEV

    W0LEV Ham Member QRZ Page

    One antenna serves all HF: 250-foot long doublet fed with open wire with Twin-T differential matching network (homebrew) in the shack. Each side of the Twin-T matching network has a robust quadfilar common-mode choke. I have an HP VNA to measure the CM chokes. I went quadfilar to reduce losses. The chokes function in a bifilar configuration. Windings 1 and 3 and connected together while windings 2 and 4 and connected together. This reduces losses as well as reduces the characteristic impedance of each choke as a length of transmission line. The Davis RF highly flexible insulated 'antenna wire' makes wonderful conductors for winding these CM chokes. They're wound on dual 4-inch OD 43 material.

    Dave - WØLEV
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  7. KG5THG

    KG5THG Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    As my antenna is on poles setup with pulleys, I have different dipoles cut for each band and I change it out based on what I want to operate. Doesn't take hardly any time at all to switch out for one band to the next. Maybe one day I'll try a multi-band.
  8. WA7PRC

    WA7PRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    • 80/160m: cage inverted vee, apex @ 70' AGL on 80m), driven against ground as a vertical on 160m (link).
    • 40/15m: dipole @ 65' AGL.
    • 20m: λ/2 vertical on the roof (link).
    • 40/20/15/10m: Force12 C-4XL yagi @ 72' AGL (link) *.
    • 10m: Cushcraft AR-10 λ/2 vertical above the yagi @ 83' AGL.
    • 20/15/10m: Cushcraft A3S yagi @ 30' AGL (no longer used).
    * It also loads on 30, 17 & 12m w/ minimal trouble.
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  9. N8AFT

    N8AFT Ham Member QRZ Page

    80/40 vert on gnd.
    10-80 Doublet open wired @ 30'
    10-40 Doublet open wired @ 30'
    160 vert on gnd.
  10. KF4ZGZ

    KF4ZGZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    You should have also included uhf/vhf/hf.
    I have 70cm-160m capability. It's just that the 160m option sux.


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