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Author Topic: Qrz.com Feed-20m Vertical dipole vs 20m 1/4 wave. When is a 1/4w better, if ever?  (Read 21 times)

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20m Vertical dipole vs 20m 1/4 wave.  When is a 1/4w better, if ever?

In most circumstances, isn't a 20m vertical dipole going to out-perform a 1/4 wave vertical -- even if the 1/4w has a good ground plane, such as 8 raised radials?

I have 12m Spiderbeam fiberglass poles, and have made both antennas.  I have never compared them side-by-side.  The vertical dipole is a lot easier to make, has a lower angle of radiation, and has much higher efficiency, but is it "better?"

I'm just wondering if I would have any reason to bother with a 1/4 wave if it's so easy to...

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