The "23' Vertical"
Now here is another of my pride-and-joys. This is a 23' vertical with a ground plane made up of
wire fencing laid flat on the ground. The matching is accomplished by a SGC-230 Smartuner.
A fraction of a second of RF is enough for the Smartuner to change bands. This arrangement works well
for 10 - 40 meters. I have used it on 80 but it doesn't put out much of a signal. Plus I have even
used it on 160m for one contact to Minnesota. Later I found the lead from the Smartuner to the antenna was charred.
I painted the antenna black to make it a little more stealth. Great idea til it snowed. Black really stands out against the snow.
Check out that hog-wire ground plane! Four radials of 3-foot fencing laid on the ground.
The base is from a Mosley RV4C which I bought new in 1970. Not bad, Mosley.
The ground connection showing a split bolt connector.
I have added a top hat to increase the radiation resistance. See Sevick, Building and Using Baluns and Ununs, p. 97.
"A few short radials at the top are very effective."