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Can I Hear You? – Exploring Receive Antenna Options

We’re perhaps 6-7 weeks from the likely end of “fun” antenna season, so it sounds like a perfectly good time to decide to add some antennas!

Modest set of plans before the weather sets in (actually it is the very short daylight hours that limits me more until the hard frost comes in):

First to put the Gap Titan DX vertical antenna back on line, including installing the DX Engineering tip-over base that I’ve had for a year now. I’m not looking to use the Gap all that much for a transmit antenna, as I would like the vertical Omni-directional receive as my log periodic is deaf to anything weak that it isn’t pointed directly at. So the Gap would become “receive vertical for 80-6m” in my antenna farm, as well as an occasional transmit antenna – specially for digital.

Gap Titan DX Antenna

Gap Titan DX Antenna

DX Engineering Tilt-Over Base

DX Engineering Tilt-Over Base

Second receive antenna I am considering is a K9AY loop receive four-way array, like the Array Solutions offering. This would be a space effective way to add a topband (160m) and 80m directional receive to put some “real ears” on my lowband efforts. That their Wolf Systems K9AY setup is potentially DXpedition portable seems a plus, though whether I’ll get to use it for a DXpedition is a question.

Unlike the first antenna, I need to order this K9AY unit soon if I am to get it cabled in before the frost hardens the ground.

Array Solutions K9AY Array - General Layout

Array Solutions K9AY Array - General Layout

Array Solutions K9AY Array - Controller

Array Solutions K9AY Array - Controller

Perhaps I will have to settle for getting the underground in for the Gap and getting it sorted out. Those limited daylight hours you know….

73

Steve
K9ZW

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Second Antenna Cluster at K9ZW

It looks like I may have let Autumn slip by and foil some of my plans for a second antenna cluster.

I’ve a GAP Titan DX I’m intending on properly mounting as a Digital Mode Omni-directional HF antenna.

Using a Gift Certificate from DX Engineering I won at Dayton this year, I bought a machined tip-over mount for the antenna and horse-traded for enough direct-bury semi-flex hardline to run from my main antenna switch to a second switch for the remote cluster. DX Engineerings Tilt-Over Base Unit: http://tinyurl.com/ye4xu4n

Tall trees present a great opportunity for a 70-80 Ft high longwire or loop. Now that the leaves have just come down I will have to see if I can get it in before winter.

Photos to follow as I get some work done!

73

Steve
K9ZW

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