EA6VQ's reversible beverage antenna

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Having resumed my activity on the HF bands after many years of being only on VHF, in December 2016 I decided it was necessary to improve the reception in the lower bands (mainly 80 and 160 m) and at the same time experiment with the antenna most top-banders love, the Beverage.  Due to the type of terrain and size of my properly I had to opt by a relatively short (180 m long) Beverage and put it on 3 m high posts.  As I expected from the rocky soil it was impossible to achieve a good grounding, even with four 1.5 m rods in each end, so I later added five 15m long radials at each end.  In spite of this limitation, the RX improvement is impressive and I am very satisfied with it.  The antenna is in the SW-NE direction and thanks to fact it is reversible I can use it both for working into Asia (+-45 degrees) and into a part of South America (+- 235 degrees).  I used the kit from Remote-QTH and I love it. Hopefully some day I will be able to add a second one in the SE-NW direction and also improve the reception in those directions.

The 180 m long reversible Beverage crossing between the old almond trees. Eight 3 m high wooden posts were use, spaced 25 m.


The feed end. For now 90 m of RG-58 cable have been used.


The terminator end. Here getting a good ground was even more difficult. As you can see the terrain is not the best for setting up a Beverage...hi

 
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