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In addition to your main antenna, what type of antenna would be best for a second radio/spotting antenna? (Comments encouraged.)
  Posted: Sep 02, 2001   (383 votes, 17 comments) by NI6S

Survey Results
Ground Plane 12% (45)
Roof Mounted Vertical 16% (61)
Wire antenna 17% (66)
Low triband beam 25% (97)
Other (Tell us what!) 10% (37)
Don't operate two radios simultaneously 20% (77)

Survey Comments
Another tower
I put up a second tower with tribander and wires for my second station. This provides full redundancy in case of failure, and it separates things far enough to be effective. Helps to have the land available to do this!

Posted by K5ZD on September 12, 2001

I can only add a vertical on the small space left on the roof terrace. I have a KT34A on a 9mt towerand a windom hanged to the tower. So nothing is better than a multiband vertical. Moreover, you don't even need to turn it!

Posted by I2WIJ on September 12, 2001

As a mediocre op I try to compensate with above average antennas:) Monobanders and or stacks, if you got the room, money, and especially the time!! But almost anything would do OK - a poor antenna for the second radio would probably ensure you don't miss much of the easy mults.

Posted by kr1g on September 6, 2001

Wow--who wrote *that*?
. . . on any antenna on which you are not currently transmitting . . .


Posted by k2ua on September 6, 2001

The Big Stuff
You should be able to receive on any on which antenna you aren't currently transmitting. That way you don't give up anything. It's a bit of a chore to set up initially, but you'll never go back!

Posted by k2ua on September 6, 2001

OK, Ok... "Hear" them ....

Posted by N6DW on September 6, 2001

Here them where they're not supposed to be
An antenna with a broad pattern is a great tool to back up a directional antenna. With operators staying up for a contest, you hear stations at times you would never expect. If the beam is pointed elsewhere, you miss them.

Posted by N6DW on September 6, 2001

second antenna
Try to get antennas set up so you can share them between radios. Each should be as good as you gan afford from space/money perspective. Then set up a switch box so you can use any antenna on any radio (can be home brewed, doesn't have to be a money sink). Obviously the best is multiple beams, but a vertical or dipole is better than not having a secord radio at all...

Tom, W6IXP

Posted by Anonymous on September 6, 2001

Second Antenna
Last year I put up a sloping 20 meter dipole; top at 30', bottom twisted around an evergreen tree. In the DX contests it was
T-H-E best tool that I added, strange as it sounds. In my SO2R operation I could easily S&P on 20 on this antenna while the main array was pointed elsewhere on 15/10 meters. Second antennas need not be elaborate to "raise the level" of operating a couple of notches.

I think a nice tribander or quad at 35' would also fill the bill!

Greg K8GL

Posted by Anonymous on September 5, 2001

2nd antenna
A dipole 2 x 15.5 m with open line and a
remote Z-match is perfect !

Posted by Anonymous on September 5, 2001

What's wrong with Verticals?
Nothing, if they are installed and tuned properly. I am using an elevated HF-6V, 30' up to the base with stub tuned radials. Have even busted pileups with it. Best thing is that you don't have to steer it or play with bandswitches. If you really need the extra punch for that rare one, switch to the main antenna.

Posted by W1NR on September 4, 2001

2nd antenna
i have a 2*15m doublet as main-antenna, so the only possibilitz for a 2nd antenna would be a vertical because I don't have space for any other kind of antenna...

Posted by DJ1YFK on September 4, 2001

Spotting Antenna
I am planning to install a roof-mounted Butternut vertical. In addition to two other radios (FT-1000D/Icom 775) which are hooked up to the beams, I will have the vertical connected to the Icom 756 Pro. This will allow using the spectrum scope for monitoring activity and omni-directional coverage on the vertical so that I won't miss anything. If I hear something, I will point the beam in the appropriate direction. What do you think? Comments?


Posted by NI6S on September 4, 2001

A beam, of course!
The best antenna would be one that you wouldn't be giving up too much with. Besides, if it were a decent antenna, it could serve as a backup (IMO, one of the best side benefits of investing in SO2R equipment) as well.

I think that one would become quite disappointed if one were tasked with trying to operate a second radio with a sub-par antenna.

Posted by N2MG on September 3, 2001

Project "X"
I use an project "X" antenna to null
out my transmitting signal in order to hear
weak signals on the same band at the same time. It's really cool.

Posted by Anonymous on September 3, 2001

verticals are worthless
My TH7 at 25 ft outperformed a Hygain DX-77 vertical in the clear by 6 S-units. Don't even think about a vertical!
Barry W2UP

Posted by Anonymous on September 2, 2001

second antenna
Open line wire antenna. Get it up high enough with a tuner. Many times this configuration out performs your main antenna!

Posted by Anonymous on September 2, 2001

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