[AMRadio] BC-610 terminating impedance

Jim Wilhite w5jo at brightok.net
Sat Oct 29 18:13:21 EDT 2005

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Candela" <jcandela at prodigy.net>
To: <rbethman at comcast.net>; "Discussion of AM Radio" 
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Saturday, October 29, 2005 9:39 AM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] BC-610 terminating impedance

> Bob Wrote:
> >
> Now about that polarization issue you mentioned. I had
> long in depth conversations with the late Ozona Bob,
> W5PYT concerning this. What I recall is that when
> receiving skip at HF, the polarization is constantly
> changing, and the QSB you experience is in part due to
> that. The other part is vector addition & subtraction
> from picking up the same signal from different paths,
> phase, and time delay. Bob figured that if he
> transmitted circular polarization this would in effect
> reduce QSB at the receiving end. I recall he had huge
> diagonally mounted turnstile dipoles mounted nearly a
> football field high (the top). At my QTH (Austin), he
> was always on the S-meter peg, and NO QSB. That was a
> distance of 250 miles, day and night.
> I myself would be hesitant to put up a 80 meter
> vertical because my buddies close in within Texas
> would have trouble hearing me if they were beyond
> groundwave distance, and before the first hop
> distance.
> Now how does KC9VF get out so well? Doesn't he have a
> vertical dipole on 80 meters?
> For skip reception, it seems that the transmitted
> polarization, isn't a big issue, but more of a angle
> of radiation issue.
> Regards,
> Jim Candela

Jim did you ever visit Bob, W5PYT at his shack?  I was there once a few 
years before he died.  I missed him but went out to where the transmitter 
was located in an old abandoned microwave transmitter site.  I would guess 
the tower to be about 300 ft. high and so many wires hanging from it a bird 
could not fly within 1/4 mile of it.

I didn't see a turnstile, but I would have challenged anyone to spot any of 
antenna in that grouping.  As for Marv., his antenna is a 193 ft.tower 
installed like a broadcast antenna.  He operated it for a while without 
radials until he could find time to install them.  The only difference in 
his signal then and now with the radials, is he is a bit louder at my QTH 
but not a lot.  I always hear his signal and if I loose him, I loose signals 
from stations equidistant that use dipoles.

I have a friend that says the antennas are the only black art left.  You 
calculate what it will do then install it.  Then you set about making it 
work.  I tend to agree with that logic.  One thing I am convinced about is 
put up a dipole rather than a Vee.  The mismatch is minimal but you get the 
voltage points up in the air.  In that case the ends do not tend to induct 
into the ground or surrounding structures, natural or manmade.

I know many people will disagree and use some magic antenna modeling 
calculator to prove me wrong, but I get consistently better signals reports 
using a dipole at 40 ft. than with a Vee at 55 ft.  In Marv's case he has 
more tower (wire) in the air therefore more capture/radiation area.  And he 
also has a good ground system.

At the lower frequencies of BCB you see a lot of stations that you hear day 
and night and the low angle radiation tends to extend the coverage at night, 
but there are still lobes that will cover closer in.  I had a vertical in 
Wyoming and was able to work the same stations at nigh that I did in the 
daytime.  I only had 4 quarter wave radials under it.  My signal was not as 
strong at night, but I still had "local" coverage with a good enough signal.

I know I am opening a can of worms since so much of this theory depends on 
your installation so let the guessing begin.

73  Jim

More information about the AMRadio mailing list

This page last updated 20 Feb 2018.