There aren't enough antennas, but they're not very big !





 TH7DX Tribander

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Triband beam on Tower #1 at 45', turned by a T2X rotator.






 C3 Tribander

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Triband beam mounted on a 24' length of 3" Dia boom tubing, turned by a Ham III rotator.





 40-2CD 2 El 40M Beam
 160m Dipole

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These antennas are on Tower #2 which has been extended to 55'. A Ham III rotator turns the beam.






 40 Meter 4 Square

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4 Square Details
4 full size aluminum tubing elements using a Comtek hybrid system, with 240 radials.






 80 Meter Inv L

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Tower #1 holds up an 80M Inverted L. It has 60 radials which are tied into the 40M 4 Square ground plane.






 80 Inv Vee

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This antenna is hanging from the 45' mast near the garage.  The balun and coax are tie wrapped to the halyard to support their weight.










 Force 12 V-3

10/15/20 Meter Triband Vertical
Three vertical dipoles on a common feed point.


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It is just another "dumb" antenna with a purpose, to allow me to hear stuff that comes in from directions that are not favored by the triband beam patterns.  





 Antenna Layout


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 Antenna Trivia

Everything here can be handled by the designated station maintenance crew (me)! At least, that way it gets done the way I think it should be done (right or wrong).
Thanks to Tom, K5RC & Midge, K7AFO, who came down twice and helped me with a couple of the things that are really not much fun done on your own.
And, my "Elmer",  W6KUT (Dad), who made two trips (Summer 2000), to spend a week each time to grovel in the dirt with me, transplanting one stupid tower, and putting up another, lot's of dirt wrestling and preparing the anchors (thanks to Patrick, WX7M, for finding them and getting them ready), then wrestling hundreds of feet of coax thru pipes in the hand dug trenches, and sitting on the porch, sipping a "tall one" to help me figure out how to think about it. He's only 83, and is still my inspiration! If I ever grow up, I want to be like him.

You may have noticed all the towers and antennas are painted. One of "Elmers" suggestions. I ended up using Rust-Oleum Gray Primer #1980. It's a dull blue/gray and does a good job of making things stealthier here. We tried a couple of other colors on the 40M verticals, during the 40M 4 Square build, before picking the right one to properly present the station to the world (invisible is good, anyone know where I can get that color?)





 My current philosopy regarding antennas

(This is only my antenna starved perspective, subject to change, just as soon as I get smart enough to change it!)

Aside from never being able to have enough of them, that are big enough in the right place on the planet (we all knew that)........"You surely can't work them on the antenna you don't have", and any antenna that gives me a capability to put q's in the log, that I didn't have before, is a GREAT ANTENNA!
And, well worth the effort to figure out how to fit it in and make it easily accessible at the operating position.  Its important to make everything interface at the op position to accomodate the guy that turns the knobs (I know that guy pretty well).

Antennas are not the only thing that create improved scores. The operator is still pretty important, and I am not yet good enough to blame everything on my antennas! Having more antenna options, no matter how "dumb" they are, allows me to work on improving my operating skills. That ends up being just as much fun as figuring out how to get the antennas there in the first place....it's a win - win situation!

I finally figured this out, after trying some real "dumb" antennas, and quit getting all fetched up over what I couldn't do, and started thinking about what I could do!

Example: In one contest, I was running JA's on 15M with the TH7 (only beam at the time), EU was also open into the evening, but not productive enough to point the TH7 there. I had a 10/15/20  inverted vee hung at ~35' off the mast by the garage. I could just tell when an EU would call on the TH7, switching to the vee, the guy would jump up to S3-S7and go into the log. I worked 30-40 EU's each evening with that crummy antenna. I used it a lot on all 3 bands that weekend. It probably worked 200+ q's.
What's so dumb about that? Without it, I would have either tried to ignore the EU's, or struggled at trying to work them, thrashing the TH7's rotator, and lowering my rate into JA. That sounds like a lose - lose proposition.

I have lot's of similar experiences in the last several years with a variety of experiments. They all lead me to the same conclusion. There is no truly "dumb" antenna, if it increases capability, it's more a matter of sorting out the differences between what's "dumb" and what's "dumber."
"Dumber" screws up the few "dumb" antennas that are working, and no one wants to go there!.

Antennas are cool! They are fun to play with and I encourage everyone to try to "think outside the box" and see if they can't put up some "dumb" antennas to use in enhancing their capabilities and add more fun factor to their operations.