[AMRadio] Antennas

Donald Sanders w4bws at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 21 13:40:12 EDT 2010

The problem is not the antenna but the fact that compared to SSB you need 4 times the AM power to sound as strong. If you want a stronger signal and have the room, put up a half wave dipole with a reflector behing it to beam your signal to Dallas.
That said, the configuration of your windom is like an inverted Vee and you sacrifice signal strength in the broadside direction to gain more omni-directional coverage. IIRC, Cebik said the windom in inverted Vee was about 85% as effective as in the flattop installation.
My Carolina Windom worked like gangbusters when I was in Alabama and up in the 70 foot level between the trees. Here it is at 30 feet, no tall trees, and works ho-hum.  Any antenna is better than no antenna.

From: Brian - KF5CCN <bzwiener at sbcglobal.net>
To: AMRadio at mailman.qth.net
Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 7:56:30 AM
Subject: [AMRadio] Antennas

I have a Carolina Windom Dipole I use on AM and SSB, oriented with ends N/S at about a 30 deg. downward slope and ends 4 ft. above ground. I get good reception and coverage all around the compass. But on AM I seem to be week on AM toward Dallas and Oklahoma. I "boom in" on 75 meters in Dallas, OK, LA, MS, and other states.
Is there a particular antenna and/or antenna configuration that is more effective on AM? I know RF is RF, but, I am still learning.

Thanks and 73

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