Tree Braced Vertical Antenna

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by AC3DS, Mar 17, 2019.

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  1. AC3DS

    AC3DS Ham Member QRZ Page

    My yard doesn't have a lot of space, yet for some reason, I bought a 6BTV antenna. I'm considering bracing it to a 30' maple tree that sits off to one side of the property. If I place something such as foam or plastic between the tree and the antenna, and then brace them both to the tree, what problems should I expect?
  2. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ignite the foam at the high voltage point on the vertical !!!
    Maybe fabricate some plexiglas stand-off braces ?
    Trees are somewhat conductive and you need a foot of space to isolate the antenna element.
    I have supported the top of a 40 M wire vertical with a short rope tied on a branch up the tree.
    When I had my Butternut HF6V up I had it tied off , about 2/3 up with ropes tied to two trees and a wooden fence.
    Good luck with the project, maybe we can QSO sometime if you get on CW !
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2019
  3. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    I imagine you would have trouble tuning it up also...

    Exactly what I'm working on at this very moment! Full size 1/4 W GP with 4 radials. But it's pulled away from the tree about 20 feet by means of another rope.
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