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I put up short beverage antenna in the Spring of 2009.   And they work  - if you believe the notion that any beverage is better than no beverage.  I do and it is.

     I have enough land for decent size beverages.  Unfortunately, I don't have enough land for that in the directions I need.  Wound up putting up two short (260 feet) bi-directional beverages.  They don't play as well as the 1100 foot long beverages I was used to back in WV, but I hear lots of signals that are simply not there on the transmit antennas and still get about 15 db front to back ratio.   Simply put, it was worth the effort to get these beverages up.

     An Ameritron RCS-8V in the shack with the remote switch unit at the antenna site handles the 4 direction switching with one feed line into the shack.  The beverages are about 250 feet from the shack.  That puts the receive antenna on one side of the house, and the transmit antennas on the other side.


When is enough enough?  When it comes to antennas, never.  I later put up a Hi-Z three element phased vertical receiving array for the low bands.  Between the Hi-Z and the beverage receive antennas I have a much better chance of hearing the DX.

The Hi-Z three element array was better on domestic signals on 80 and 160 meters.  The short beverages were better for DX.  But there was a lot of DX that I simply couldn't hear on either.

So, down came the Hi-Z.  I replaced it with the Shared Apex Loop (SAL-30) from Array Solutions in 2014.  This is essentially a 30 ft mast with four (4) loop antennas hung from it.  This antenna works far better than the beverages and I am hearing much more DX.  I am seeing about 25 to 30 DB front to back ratio.


This antenna is back in the woods and about 300 feet from the nearest transmit antenna.  Here's a copy of the brochure for the antenna.  It talks about a 9 ft and 20 ft mast.  My antenna is the 30 ft version - best for low band receiving.   My antenna is really in the woods and invisible until you trip over a wire or walk face first into the mast.  Click to enlarge.

Bill Axelrod 1 May 2015