Windom In The Grass
elsewhere described a Windom antenna. While it is usually hung
from a pole or in a tree, it works when used in a "grasswire"
mode. Just lay it on the ground. Dimensions are repeated in Figure 7 for ready reference.
When I travel, I sometimes
take one of these made of #22 insulated hookup wire. Since I often set up beside motel parking
lots, and often after a day's work, sometimes after dark, I’ve
color-coded the wires. The
longer is black, and the shorter, red.
This helps me determine which way to point the Windom.
that it fires off the long end.
Of course, it fires the other way, too, but with a bit
I hope this has given
you a good case of curiosity.
Go out and try one of those ground - mounted wires. They're easy to build. Even the balun is
easy to build.
they’re fun to play with.
A last word to put
off discouragement: the
Grasswire, and Beverages in general,
are lossy compared to a good Dipole at a half-wave height.
They are disappointing for QRP operation.
Run a bit of power with these antennas.
100-W RF or more should do the trick.
1997 Michael J. Toia