UPDATE, December 13, 2012: The antenna configuration is back to “normal,” (and has been since late September, actually) with both TX and RX from the top antenna.
I’ve changed the antenna configuration again. I think we got all the data we needed from yesterday’s experiment. To review, on Thursday morning I installed a 1/4 wave ground plane near the base of the tower, about 800 feet below the old channel 3 antenna. I fed the receiver from this new antenna, but left transmit on the top antenna. As expected, this degraded the repeater’s ability to hear, primarily because of the difference in height. Repeater transmit was not affected.
Now, as of 1:30pm Friday (Sept. 21), it has been reversed. We’re receiving from the top antenna (horizontal polarity), and transmitting from the bottom (vertical polarity). This will degrade your ability to hear the repeater, especially in fringe areas, but the repeater’s receiver should be working better than ever (no cracklies or desense from intermod).
Thanks to EVERYONE, you have all been really great sports, willing to play numerous rounds of “can you hear me now?”! I’m very interested to know how well you can hear the repeater in this current arrangement.
73 – KD2SL