Re: 6M Es antenna question

Everett N4CY

Hi Mike,

I am using a Hentenna, you can find it on the web. My Hentenna, is only about 30' high at the top and it is way better than a dopole. I have also been experimenting with a 6 meter collinear array, which looks better than the Hentenna. Here is the link to the collinear The array is difficult to tune and the dimensions he uses do not work. To find the correct length for the dipole and the other elements, I first made up a dipole and adjusted it until I found the correct length to reach the desired frequency, then I made the other 3 elements the same length. Also the length he uses for the phasing stubs is not correct. I was able to cut/tune mine using my MFJ259B.

I did not set it up as OCF as he did, but instead cut the fed element in the middle and used a 4:1 balun.

With the two antennas, I have looked 48 states and 17 countries. A beam would , by far, be the best way to go, however, I am in a HOA and have to everything with wires in the trees.

Everett N4CY

In a message dated 7/14/2018 7:39:44 AM Central Standard Time, k9jri@... writes:

Having a ton of fun working FT8 via Es on 50.313 with both my K3s and my KX3. My antenna is a simple dipole at about 30 feet elevation.

My question regards the angle that Es signals arrive.  If I stacked another dipole at 12 feet lower the angle of maximum gain lowers significantly.  Is the preferred angle of arrival/departure on an Es signal completely random depending on the distance from the E cloud or would the stacked dipoles (Lazy H) always be better?

Very 73 - Mike - K9JRI

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