I have a friend who lives on pretty poor ground and he has experimented a fair bit with dipoles just lying on the ground. They will work to some extent, of course. Without belaboring the obvious, with 160 and 80 meters, it's probably a decent NVIS antenna, and it's effectiveness on higher frequencies is going to depend on the real ground quality. Are there any condtions in which this would be superior to an elevated antenna? Doubtful unless your intention is only local NVIS comm, in which case you might be happy.
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