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Forgot Password? Secure Site Login Forgot Password? I would appreciate some direction on my Carolina Windom antenna. I am perplexed Carolina windom amateur radio antenna the random wire is 'deaf' across all the bands but transmits much better than the WIndom. The Carolina Windom's transmit performance is miserable but the receive performance is far better than the random wire.

This comparison is true across all of the HF bands. How is it possible that the good transmit antenna is deaf on receive, and the good receive antenna cannot transmit well? Since I mainly receive on the mag loop, I am considering removing Carolina windom amateur radio antenna Windom and going back to the random wire antenna for transmitting, but want to make sure I am making the correct decision. Supposedly the Windom is a more sophisticated antenna than the simple random wire.

The SWR levels are relatively similar across the two antennas. My choice of these two antennas is due to a HOA Carolina windom amateur radio antenna on space.

It is likely that the random wire is Carolina windom amateur radio antenna to local noise sources, so it doesn't hear well. Close noise sources can couple inductively into wires--but only over very short distances. The height is a big factor on how well an antenna transmits--at low heights, vertical wires, or vertical wires top loaded by horizontal wires, can be the most effective option when a counterpoise is available.

In order for the horizontal portions of the Carolina Windom to be effective, they need to be about a half wavelength above ground. But, on higher bands, like 10 and 15 meters, short skip is a very rarely occurs. Both antennas were about 30' above ground and positioned in the same location, not close to local noise in a rural environment. The antennas were as high as I can get them across some trees. What do you think about removing the vertical radiator from the windom, making it an off-center fed as compared to the simple random wire at the same height?

Thanks, Ron. Experimenting with different antennas is a good way to find out what works best for you. This does have Carolina windom amateur radio antenna advantage of blocking RFI from getting to the feedpoint of the antenna via the outside of the coax shield. An effective Carolina windom amateur radio antenna, if you have an antenna that doesn't hear well, is to listen on a battery powered radio and shut off the main breaker to the home.

I've found that a half wave dipole can work really well with a ft feedline that allows placement well away from houses. The low SWR of a resonant dipole allows low losses despite the long feedline.

The better receive performance compensates for the slightly weaker transmit performance.

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