Re: Rowlands reflector question
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The easiest way to get on the air is using what many SOTA operators use. A resonant end fed half wave antenna using a 49:1 transformer. You can buy on line or easily make your own. With 131 feet of wire you can work 80 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters without a turner and add 60, 30, 18 and 24 meters with an internal tuner. You only need one pole or tree and can also have a ground at the transformer for safety. It cannot cover the full 80 meter band but can easily be adjusted to cover either SSB or CW without affecting the upper bands. Depending on how you run the antenna wire it will work the same as or better than your common dipole. It does not need to be run in a straight line. Depending on the transformer core size you can run the full legal limit for power.
I just made one for our cabin on lake Wenatchee but you are welcome to give it a try. It is made to handle up to 500 watts. I have wire and the transformer, you just need coax.
Just yesterday on a low elevation SOTA summit I worked coast to coast and VA to CA and MI to TX with 5 watts and 599 reports using my EFHW antenna. Fun day away from virus carriers.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
Sent: Monday, April 6, 2020 7:59 AM
Subject: Re: [SnoVARC] Rowlands reflector question
I’d be inclined to put up a 135’ long OCFD if you have the space. I like the Buckmaster one because it’s pretty bomb-proof but it’s not magically better than all the other variants performance wise.
On Apr 6, 2020, at 7:52 AM, Rowland <rowland.brasch@...> wrote:
As mentioned there are several options. The easiest would be an end fed zep. Not the best option but will work. I have used one on several occasions in the field and had good success. Get one end up in the tree and use it as a sloper. Next would be an OCFD get the middle in the tree and the two ends spead out and connected so they are ~10' off of the ground. Paul may have other thoughts on this.
On Sun, Apr 5, 2020 at 9:58 PM Jackson Beard <macleanofduart@...> wrote: