Ground Radials for a SHAKESPEARE NBS-2010 ???

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Ground Radials for a SHAKESPEARE NBS-2010 ???

Post by KG4KDH » Fri Sep 12, 2003 2:59 am

I just ordered a new SHAKESPEARE NBS-2010 vertical antenna. The ads for this antenna say it's 5/8 wave and has good low angle radiation. Since they do not offer a radial kit of sorts for this antenna and I'm always a little skeptical about what manufacturers claim about their products, I was wondering if adding some radials of my own would further improve performance ? I've never done this kind of thing before and I was wondering if someone might give me some pointers or point me to the right kind of information on the subject of adding radials.

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Post by W0LPQ » Fri Sep 12, 2003 3:24 am

If it is a 5/8 Wave vertical, then yes. Radials do make a difference. As in Impedance..! For a 1/4 wave antenna, slope them down about 45 degrees. For a 5/8, usually they work best at a right angle (90 degrees) to the vertical. In other words, straight out. Usually 1/4 long radials. Cut them long and trim.



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