Email Subscription You are not subscribed to discussions on this article. Care should be taken to make a good electrical connection at the antenna bracket. On my side yard its an eye sore that you can see from the street, and lastly the I used to live in Rochester, NY. I only bought it for use on 80 meters. The big boost will not be noticed if you have ground mounted radials.
I bought it used at a ham fest. Notes on tuning a Hustler 6BTV. Forums New posts Search forums. Before I laid the radials for the Hustler 5BTV it performed like an aluminum rod stuck in the ground. These dimensions are listed in the BTV series installation manual that came with your antenna.
On the other hand, I was a bit leery of the added complexity of hooking up and remotely operating an auto tuner. And another tip os to make up a coax choke at the point at which the coax connects to the antenna. As with the first installation, I don't use any for 80 meters. Preliminary testing with a limited set of domestic data 4 data points shows roughly equal coverage and signal strength on 20 meters, and again with 4 data points the 6BTV outdoes the dipole by between 6 and 15 dB in a variety of directions on It's a good antenna, providing you put a decent radial system under it. Full band coverage on meters 1.
A 50 ft tower and yagi it isn't but it's a lot easier to erect and making Qs or not making Qs ain't gonna kill me. Of course I do not see a problem with using the front yard but my wife does. Don't bother trying to tune radials for each band. Every material, including glass, is semi-permeable, which means water will go through it. Also, if you need to rework things, soldering is a pain as compared to removing the nut and bolt that holds the radial.