As of about 10am today (Thursday Sept. 20), we are now transmitting on the top antenna, but receiving on a new antenna – a vertical (ground plane) mounted at the base of the tower. I am very interested to hear your observations. Your reception of the repeater should be the same, but there will definitely be some differences on the repeater’s receive side. It is now vertical (big improvement), but it is 800 feet lower (big loss). Did we gain more than we lost? Also, the cracklies should be completely gone. Yet one more positive factor is that we probably have less site noise at this antenna location (i.e., we don’t have kilowatts of UHF being crammed down our throat from the TV broadcast antenna).
So, it is a big unknown. An experiment. In a few days, we’ll flip flop and receive from the top, transmit from the bottom.
73 – KD2SL.