Thanks to the excellent ears of Scott N0AR, K6JSS/0 from Minnesota is in the books. I had a heck of a time working him and got a 229, thanks to the efforts on his end. I ended up using the Butternut HF9V, which I rarely use on 80 Meters, preferring to use the G5RV.
Scott's signal into NJ was much louder on the Butternut; so that is the route I took. His signal was a good 559 with QSB. This concerns me as the wire was always better on 80 Meters. I think this confirms my suspicion that this antenna has seen much better days and needs to be replaced this spring.
I will probably replace it with the venerable 88' EDZ which seems to be one of W4RNL's all time favorite backyard antennas. The footprint is smaller than the G5RV, and I should be able to fit it in the backyard without having to zig-zag the wire. I have plenty of window line and plenty of wire. I'll have to build a balun to transition the window line to coax to feed to the shack.
The other possibility is a Carolina Windom. Using my maple tree as a center anchoring point, the run from the tree to the house is longer than from the tree to the mast across the yard. I think that would also fit with no problem whatsoever and would make good use of the different lengths that are available to me.
72 de Larry W2LJ
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