Antenna systems evolve and take patience before achieving one's desired signal. And my goal is an efficient system with low loss. Every watt counts in RadioSport. And rushing an antenna into operation, at least for me, is counter productive.
This afternoon, RF Technologist Scott, WA6EAT and I, worked on my 3BTV. We removed the capacitance hat (link, link, & link) on 40m since my vertical will function on 10, 15, and 20m. Then we checked our length against that in the instruction manual. And soon discovered an antenna lengthened for SSB operation. We corrected previous measurements that are in line with the CW portions of each band. However, fine adjustments are needed, because the vertical is still short.
I remember, perhaps a year ago, abandoning Project Vertical. However the idea gained momentum after suggestions from other RF Technologists.
Goals For Next Weekend.
- Make fine standing wave ratio (SWR) adjustments.
- Construct radial system.
- Test and prove antenna system.