After putting up a 91-foot random wire and finding that, while very functional across all the bands from 80 to 15, the noise floor was really high.
At my previous QTH I was using a 40 meter monoband dipole that worked extremely well. In order to rule out any environmental sources for the loud noise, I decided it would be best to replace the long with with the dipole to get a baseline. It took me a half hour or so to lower the random wire and hoist the dipole.
I was very relieved to find that the noise problem was gone!
So now I am faced with a decision. Should I try to mitigate the noise? Perhaps by installing a Loop on Ground for receive? I’ve started doing some research on that front, but I need to do more. Or should I shift gears entirely and go with a different multiband antenna? I have had a lot of success with the good ol’ G5RV. Or just stick to one band? (I don’t love this idea.)
If you have any thoughts, please share them with me.
Thank you!
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