40M Antenna Comparison (yes, again)

I have been wondering why my silly Inverted Vee has been beating my UrbanBeam up 46 feet on 40M this summer. Noise is one issue – the horizontal antenna has been very noisy. The Inverted Vee has a higher take off angle – as does the UrbanBeam on 40M when it is “only” up 46 feet. I can see that low angle arriving signals…

The 40M “Shorty 40” Will Have to Wait

I’ve decided the best antenna for me is the one I have – The UrbanBeam After running a bunch of EZNec plots – on 40M – and then on several bands above – I realize that the best antenna for me is the one I have. Getting it up to 65′ will be plenty good enough for my needs. As much as I would…

40M Two Element “Shorty 40” Yagi Comparison

The Cushcraft XM-240 gets great reviews even though some have derided the coils I have a neighboring town Ham who has one of these for sale – and so its hard to pass up. This antenna has gotten great reviews – and besides a short time when Cushcraft was sold and transferred to MFJ, the reviews are all 5’s. There has been some discussion…

Is DXCC Already an Anachronism?

The UrbanBeam up 50′ I found a source of AB-577 extension tubes so will get 3 or 4. I’ve been researching 2 element 40M yagi’s  – only because if my UrbanBeam ever goes belly up – my next antenna would most likely be one of the JK 2 element 40M antennas. I have found less expensive models, but I feel that the JK has…