by Randall Thompson, K5ZD
YCCC Scuttlebutt #119, October, 1995
I built my first Beverage this past year. It was so easy I can't believe I lived without one. Here's how to do it:
I did follow the conventional wisdom of sloping the ends down. I used 4 foot ground rods at each end. I only have room for a 500 foot run. W3LPL has pointed out that 580' might be a better length. Its simple to solder some more wire on.
This antenna makes 80 and 160 enjoyable. Less than $50 to hear Europeans all summer on the LF bands seems like a good deal if you have the space!
When the antenna broke this summer, I used a split bolt connector to join the two pieces back together. You can find these for about $1 in the electrical aisle of the Home Depot (or hardware store). No solder required!