Sunday, November 07, 2010

Half size G5RV arrived

A half size commercial G5RV just arrived from ebay seller capitalstoresaustralia. It seems well constructed, certainly better wire than the zip cord I normally use.

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It hangs pretty well in the space I have between the tree and the house where my 40m dipole went. On the MiniVNA you can see the SWR plot:

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SWR seems good on 40m and 20m and fair on 10m. I can't see how you'd use it on 15m.

Perfect day for hanging antennas:

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Happily it's south of me, however there is tons of static crashes so it's a bit hard to evaluate the antenna at the moment. I'm running WSPR on 20m and so far reception is excellent.

I paid AU$61.21 all up which seems a bit much for some bits of wire but overall I'm happy with what I got.

Update

Well, that didn't last long. It's very windy here tonight and the antenna is down. It broke at the junction between one wire leg and the central connector. To be fair, it's pretty interesting weather here at the moment:

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's not the lowest loss approach, but could a 4:1 balan help?

PS - good to work you last night!

Peter VK3YE

Peter B Marks said...

Great to talk to you too Peter. Thanks for coming up. You have an excellent signal north of Sydney.