My QTH is near Joplin, Missouri.
Please QSL LOTW only.
NEW WIRE ANTENNA
Recently, I replaced the 100 ft W4RNL Inverted-L antenna with a longer 135' Inverted-L (W4RNL). One leg is 65 ft horizontal, and the other leg is 65 ft vertical; fed with 400 ohm ladder line. It is fed at the 75 ft level. The reason I switched to this design, - The late Cebic wrote that the 135' ft version has higher gain figures and lower take off angles, I decided to put it up and give it a try. The new antenna is in the same tree, it is in a much higher branch than it's little brother. I shot the line up there with a compound bow and arrow with fishing line attached.
The 100 ft Inverted L antenna was no slouch. In the past year, I have worked 130 countries on a very casual basis with 100 watts. The photo below is the new antenna. The Horizontal antenna runs in the 333 degree direction. The antenna is fed at the top. I have highlighted the vertical wire with a thin, black line (look carefully). It runs down to the yard tied off with a short piece of white rope and an insulator. The feedpoint up at the upside-down L is fed with ladder line, it then goes to the back of the house to a 4:1 remote balun and a short run of coax to the tuner.
Update: In the middle of Novembe (2013) I added a small Amplifier. In the past year, I have logged 130 countries using 100 watts and a wire antenna. Confirming 90 countries on LOTW. At this point, it is getting very competitive contacting the more rare countries. So I purchased a new Ameritron ALS-600S, The tuner is an LDG AT-600Pro II, The two work very well together. In the past week I have worked an additional 30 countries, some with and some without the amplifier. Much of the credit goes to the improved conditions on the higher bands. "Thank you" to my supporting wife, Karen for fiancing and supporting my hobby. Karen equates the use of an amplifer, to a professional athlete using steroids. Maybe she's right!
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