I use a lot of fibreglass poles with wires strewn up the sides, normally in a lazy helical fashion so that they don’t flap about too much.
I have great success with these poles as regular readers know however I have noticed that certainly wet weather can detune them ever so slightly. Effectively, they become slightly longer and I fathom that as the fibreglass supports become wet, I am achieving some slight inductance with the water that drips from the surface and gets between the wires and the poles. As soon as they are dry again, the tuning comes back to normal. Continue reading
Essentially, this is a single 1/4 wave vertical antenna with ground radials, complimented by a pair of parasitic verticals; a reflector and a director. It will deliver around 6db of additional gain over a standard vertical with a beamwidth of around 70 degrees. I have built mine pointing 300 degrees so that I can work the US easily at night.
I call this the M0MCX VPA (Vertical Parasitic Array).
Hours of planning and modelling with MMANA has finally produced an excellent and extremely economical method of producing gain in one direction, although the front-to-back ratio isn’t superb, it still has some rejection. Continue reading