Hi, Guys. This thread is right up my alley at the moment, as I have permanently LOST my previous antenna location and my 115 foot long, 50 foot high "inverted L" random wire due to a dispute with my previous workplace landlord
. I will now be limited to my home backyard, which will have only a maximum "run" of about 50 or so feet and an elevation of 35 feet available for an antenna, located in the lowest point of my hometown. So, this talk of an "E" antenna or a "staggered E" antenna with different length "top hat" wire runs is starting to intrigue me a bit. I was initially planning to try an "inverted U" antenna, for increased gain, however....I thought I'd throw this one out for anybody who knows enough about antenna design to speculate on an answer for me.
Since the first wire of the "stagered E" should be as "long as possible, with the next two each being significantly shorter than the previous one" what would be the result of COMBINING such a "staggered E" type antenna with an "inverted U"??
My idea is this: build a "staggered E" type antenna as discussed earlier in this thread, except make the longest of the top hat wires continue around down to within a foot of the ground as in a standard inverted U. Would this POSSIBLY combine the increased gain of an 'inverted U' antenna, with the resonance advantages of a three wire "top hat", as well as the bandspreading advantages of using three different length "top hat" wires?
If an antenna like this MIGHT work, it could really help out those of us with limited yard space, who are forever frozen out of the club of those who can erect a 100 plus foot antenna for our contest sets. Does anybody with the antenna knowledge have any input either way on why a "Staggered E/Inverted U" combination random wire antenna either might or might NOT work? Thanks, Jim.