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  1. 1. You have a wide open field, the best transceiver, 1500 watt amplifier, unlimited funds, which antenna setup do you install for 20 & 40M? Pick your absolute favorite.

    • Dipole or doublet
      7
    • Vertical with ground plane
      3
    • Top-loaded vertical
      0
    • Yagi-Uda on a tower
      13
    • Quad
      4
    • Magnetic loop
      1
    • End-fed half wave
      2
    • Other (discuss it in the thread)
      1
  2. 2. You have a wide open field, the best transceiver, 1500 watt amplifier, unlimited funds, which antenna setup do you install for 80 & 160M? Pick your absolute favorite.

    • Dipole or doublet
      9
    • Inverted-L
      3
    • Vertical with ground plane
      1
    • Top-loaded vertical
      1
    • Magnetic loop
      0
    • End-fed half wave
      6
    • Phased array
      8
    • Other (discuss it in the thread)
      3
  3. 3. Given the choice, would you prefer to:

    • Buy an antenna
      16
    • Build an antenna
      15


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I often wonder what antenna people would get given ideal circumstances. So imagine this scenario... Imagine you have:

  • the best transceiver there is
  • you have 1500 watts
  • you have a wide open field with a perfect view of the horizon
  • you have stable ground that will hold anything and
  • you have unlimited access to the best feed lines and transformers and / or tuners.

Given all this perfection... which antenna would you choose if you could choose only one? To make it a little more realistic, let's split it into two segments:

  • one antenna for 20 & 40M bands
  • another antenna for 80 & 160 M bands

For each of these, what antenna would you get? Don't forget to answer the poll as well.

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For 6M~20M, Log Periodic Antenna.  160M~40M Rhombic,  But I would like to replicate what my friend Pedro NP4A built, 3 element yagi for 80M. (To see the beast, look for "NP4A Antenna Farm by Efrain Bonilla" on youtube. Unfortunately was destroyed by a hurricane). Maybe, if I had tall trees over 60Ft tall, Vertical for 160M, many ground radials, and part of the vertical would have to be bent into L shape. If I had a good shop, build all myself.

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