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End fed antenna...

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Hello everyone, as you all know I moved my G5RV from where it was and tried to hang it higher to perform better.....when I moved it, made the mistake and tied off the legs, I didn't get back up there soon enough to fix this, and the storms came through and destroyed it, learned my lesson on this and tiring the legs off, is a no, no....

Problem I had with this dipole was keeping the ladder line off the ground, but before I moved it, it talked really well there even tho the ladder line was hanging on a bush to keep it off the ground, with a tuner it did tune 10-80m bands, in which I stayed on the 20m and 75/80m bands most of the times I was on the airways...

So, since then I hung a 40m homebrew up and have each leg tied to a bucket with weight in it and holes n the bottoms, for water to drain and so far it has worked very well...

But have decided to go a head and up grade to a end fed antenna and see what it does in my situation here, not sure where I will hang it, but ordered one today.....hoping it does as well as all the other guys does running one...did a lot of research on it, read a lot of reviews and watched lot of videos....

I'd like to play around with building antennas, ect but just don't have the room and have a lot of metal and power lines on site, kinda puts a damper on things in my situation, so hope to catch you guys on the airways, 73 for now...

 

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Give you guys a Idea what kinda situation I'm in really makes this rough....

I live in a mobile home park, with one on each side of me here, and they do have metal siding on them....back yard is about 14' wide, and have power lines running through the yard as well, on the other side have about 16' wide and have some space about 68' before the power lines comes across the yard, to a telephone pole on the hill side just out side my yard, this pole has all the lines coming to it, and a transformer on it too....this is why I have always had my antennas on the mountain side, few 100 ft above the power lines..

 

So, I've been doing research on several different antennas and decided to go with a  EFHW 8010 end fed antenna and pulled the trigger the other day and order one, and put it up Monday morning in the yard....it's not as high as I'd like it to be, but it is in the air, have the transformer on a pole in the back yard about 5' off the ground, and as it runs in a angle up to my mast pipe at the top it is 32' high, and I used a glass insulator tied one end to a rope up there on a L shaped bracket, and on the other end used 2 zip ties put the wire in them and left slack in them, so the wire can move freely when needed too, then comes off this insulator and down the front side and have a rope over a tree limb which is about 20' high, and tied the rope to a plastic bucket, with couple rocks in it, and holes in the bottom for water to drain out it, so as the wind blows the wire can move free as it needs too...

It is hanging in more of a horizontal V shape, not what I wanted to do, but really makes thing rough when you don't have the room....the transformer and the end of the leg wire is about 30' apart, maybe closer to 35'...

I did use my external tuner to check the swr around all the bands 1st, because the transformer is close to the mobile home behind me, and it does have metal siding on it and wanted to make sure it was ok before I took it out of line.... I did take it out of line and now using my tuner inside the 450d, which does tune for 10-80m bands, does really well....radio shows a 1.1 or less swr all the bands 10-80m.......just like Danny at my antennas says it does....

I do intend to move the transformer up out of my yard to a tree after I play with it here a few days, this will give me close to 10-15' higher than it is now.......see if I can get it to work well in my situation.....having the transformer where it is, I used a 50' piece of coax on it going to the shack...really don't need this much, but using it to get the coax up out of the yard so the lawnmower don't get it....haven't had much time to really get to check it out yet, hoping to this weekend...

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Forgot to mention so far using the end fed, I don't see any RF in the shack, nothing I can see, computer still runs like it should, TV's all ok, ect.....

I assume this would be the same with the neighbors too ?.........

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