[AMRadio] Vertical antennas

Rob Atkinson ranchorobbo at gmail.com
Fri Nov 6 11:57:25 EST 2015

Class A AM bc stations use 190 degree towers, voltage fed at the base,
but with a ground system and copper mesh screen in the immediate
vicinity of the tower base pier.
You have to employ a ground system with a base fed ground mounted
tower regardless of its length, if you want to minimize ground loss.


On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 10:10 AM, John Coleman <jc at pctechref.com> wrote:
> I haven't seen any post about an end fed zep vertical.   I recall that Don,
> K4KYV, used an end fed wire while he was in Houston and it worked quite
> well.  I see no reason the same thing couldn't be done verticaly. as a
> matter of fact I have used a vertical 40 meter J-POLE (but just made of wire
> and supported by ballons) at a field day a long time ago.  It was wonderful.
> I may be mistaken here but I think many AM broadcast station use insulated
> half wave verticals and with a tuner at the base to provide voltage feed
> instead of current feed.   Of course an 80 mtr version may not be feesable
> but a 40 mtr version whoould work for a lot of folks.
> John, WA5BXO

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