30 Meter Vertical Antenna
The 30 meter band is pretty interesting. At 10.1 MHz, it is between the 40 and 20 meter bands. Propagation-wise it more closely resembles the 40 meter band. For a while I used antennas for other bands with a tuner to get on 30. Eventually I decided on a vertical antenna because they are pretty good DX antennas on the low bands providing you have a good radial system. This antenna has proved very effective for working DX on 30 meters, and is much better than what I was using. I am often amazed how quickly I can break pile ups running only 100 watts into it.
The vertical is made of about 23' of 1" diameter aluminum tubing I had lying around. A 4"X4" post cemented into the ground forms the base. A length of PVC tubing is used at the lower part of the antenna to insulate it from the post and to add a bit more strength.