Well over the last few days I have been trying to get contacts on the various bands and try and get some sort of idea how things should work with the updated version of the W3EDP antenna.
This drawing best describes what I have set up and how its set up at the home QTH. Nothing fancy just the 100w that Yaesu provides and the maximum height would be approx 25 feet above ground.
This antenna setup is also very stealthy as the only part of the antenna visiable is a length of light blue 14 gage wire that runs just above roof height from my back yard tree to my front yard tree. No one has even commented on it yet…
No interference complaints as of yet either!!!
I also have the Timewave ANC4 Noise Cancelling Device in line before the tuner if needed. On some bands I don’t need it so I take it out of line.
On 80m I normally need the filter and sometimes on 160m and 40m. So far I have not needed the filter on 20m and above.
Due to poor band conditions(am I ever getting tired of saying that) I have only made groundwave contacts on 10m and 12m with a local amateur just to prove it works.
I have worked the Canary Islands on 15m, the Grand Cayman Islands on 17m and across Europe and North America on 20m with no problems. Nothing west of VE7 yet but I am hoping…
On 40m I have worked the eastern parts of Canada and the United States (VE1, VE2, VE3, VE9. VY2, W2, W3, W4) with little effort and 80m has proven itself just as good and you can add VE4, VE5 and VE6 to the list of areas contacted.
I am really impressed with the 160 meter band. This is a very new band for me and I love it. I never even thought of playing there before because everyone told me I could not operate there due to antenna size vs my operationial area and the lack of real estate I have at home. Thats what I get for listening to the “so called experts…”
The 160m band is easily filling the gap of short range communications (within 400 miles) that I lost when 80m started to go long as the fall arrives. I am having a great time chatting with VE1, VE9, VE2, VE3, W2 and W3 amateurs so far and I’m sure I could get more areas in the log if I could spend more time in the shack.
Lets see now… 100 feet of wire is around $20.00 CDN at the local automotive store. The 4:1 balun was already in stock as was the coax. The local hardware store gave me the Paint Stir Sticks for free with the hope that next time I need a gallon of paint I will remember them… so… On a cost per contact basis the $20.00 I spent on the wire is one heck of a bargain.
I could not ask for a better antenna. I can operate 10m to 160m and its stealthy.
A 48 foot tower or a 64 foot tower in the backyard behind the house is just not going to happen here… No beams just small verticals and one W3EDP that is working better than I could ever hope for.
It may or may not work in your situation but you would be hard pressed not to find a variation of this antenna that you could not use…