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    Everything I learned over the last 25 years is ....debunked?

    I have two horizontal wire dipoles and one sloped dipole out in my back yard for my base and i am not only shooting skip bit I am talkin with locals from 1 to 20 miles away!.....on horizontal antennas mostly. I have been led to understand that on AM or SSB....that a horizontal will not talk to a guy with a vertical antenna localy....but it is happening. Any input?.........
    427 outa Omaha Nebraska....wabin a hand and standing by.......

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    Conditions? I too have always been told the same thing.


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    Could be conditions.....but then again....it is anytime I turn the radio on.......incliding if i have a friend take a mobile and start at my driveway and just drive off in and random dirrection at any time.

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    Yes you can use your horizontal dipole for local rag chewing. Just won’t have the distance a vertical antenna at the same height will. I was able to talk to most of my locals that were within 5-10 miles on my dipole which was horizontally setup at about 35-40 feet of the ground. On my vertical antenna I was able to talk out to about 60-70 miles unless the band was just full of DX or a lot of noise. Conditions always play a part in how an where your signal will end up and how far it will allow you talk. But like I said, you most likely won’t get out as well as a vertical antenna would locally. Hope this clears the air up some for you.

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    Yes that helps.....thanx....maybe I will put the little tram up there too....

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    FWIU ....... horizontally polarized signals CAN propagate farther because they take better advantage of ground reflection than verticals . and FWIU horizontal beams have less noise/static than vertical beams . lots of documentation and minutia on this if anyone want's to research it . if you mainly want local contacts stick with a vertical antenna . if you want DX contacts the slight directivity of a simple dipole can be an advantage . the biggest beam antenna is simply a dipole antenna with one director and multiple directors on a big stick (appropriately spaced of course) . and yes , verticals can do a fine job with skip/long distance contacts ..... budget , taste and other considerations typically decide the routes we take in the RF hobby . most things work , some work better than others and where/how you install them will make differences so everybody won't have the same results , but generalized expectations can be gained from the results of others ........

    BTW , any "antenna" will radiate , some better than others , minimizing loss is the name of the game .

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    Why thank you for the -in put.....i will continue to build and expirament. Take care..

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    How well does the slope work, give you some of both?. I just built a dipole and a full wave loop, both going in the air soon as the snow goes here. Have not decided on orientation, built one for a friend 10 miles out so was going to put the dipoles horizontal, thinking if we are both horizontal it would work pretty good, and give us long distance ears as well. The full wave will be moved around a bit, just to try out some things.

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