We bought our house last February but the antenna didn’t go up until April, due in part to shortages in ladder line from the Wireman. April 8th, in fact – a year ago today.
The configuration is:
5/100-watt rig -> 3′ of RG-58 -> Z100 LDG autotuner -> 15′ of RG-58 out the window -> 4:1 LDG balun -> 75′ of ladder line -> 80m dipole
The antenna is about 65′ high, strung north-south between two pine trees and used 10-80 meters.
I’ve been a fan of this type of multiband dipole ever since a storm took down a G5RV many years ago in Connecticut. The difference in performance between a ladder line-fed dipole and a G5RV is amazing. I’m not sure what advantage a G5RV claims to offer…
Here’s a summary of the dipole’s performance for one year:
This fall I plan to wire in a relay just past the balun that will allow me to short the two wires of the ladder line together and feed the dipole as a vertical T against the ground for use on 160 meters. That will make for a single antenna that will be DX-capable on 9 bands. Besides the relay, all I’ll have to do is make an effective RF ground.