The new Hustler 6BTV (6-band trap vertical) arrived, and I got it assembled and raised this past weekend.
I did something that will get me yelled at in forums. I mounted it to a fence post, using the fence as my grounding system.
No tuned radials. No untuned radials. Just the fence. But trust me, I had found several examples online of others who tried this and had it work. My space is limited and I can’t do radials on the ground, and I can’t climb roofs anymore to put tuned radials up high.
Guess what? It works. SWR curve is almost perfect (I need to tweak the 40 meter section a bit because it is tuned a bit low), and first day, I made contact with a grid square hunter from Calgary who could not hear me at all the week before.
Putting it together was not terribly difficult, though the instructions refer to two washers I didn’t get. But I stole washers from the screws that would have held the radials. Hahahahahahahahah!
My biggest issue was that I made a miscalculation in that I measured the width of the fencepost and noted the size of the U-bolts for mounting the base. They were the same. But that was for the OUTSIDE of the U-bolts. They were too narrow to encircle the post. So I ran to Ace Hardware and got some hoseclamps, and used them instead, like this:
It works. It works well. That thing isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Here she is in all her low-key glory:
Is it perfect? I’m sure not, but so far it is so much of an improvement, I don’t care. I have some coax-run adjustments I want to do, and, as I said, I want to shorten the 40-meter section a bit. The 80 meter whip on top is a bit of a joke, but I already knew that when I bought it. Gonna shorten that too, though, because its best match is well below my privileges.
I am posting this here, but I doubt I would post it on a forum anywhere. Any time discussion goes to verticals, the preaching begins about how many radials you need, etc. Experience has shown me that sometimes, ANYTHING will provide the ground/counterpoising you need (and yes I know that can include some of my coax). You just need to try and see if it works. And I already found people who it worked for, so I went for it.
Moral: Let others try the big stupid stuff, and if they say it works, try it.