What's the difference between the DX Flagpole vs the 20' base-fed vertical with 16 buried radials?

Sure, we get folks asking about the performance differences of the shorter antennas on the bands, especially the low bands. After all, low bands require height and length, right? Yep. 80M requires 66' and 160M is 135' of wire at 1/4 wavelength. That's a tall tower or tree!

If you are like most of us, we often notice that around town some have these tall trees in their back yard, maybe you have imagined your rooftop with a chimney supporting a wire or antenna held by a broom or hockey stick... and these are always fun projects in the radio game. It really isn't long and these thoughts start to crystalize and grow up and then we are considering a real antenna install. Something like a vertical antenna on the roof or hiding in the back yard would work, or maybe on a tower, but most of us must consider carefully these decisions, and more than likely they end up in a spot that is seen by all (or your significant other) and it better look good. Right?

You're in luck. Our antennas are XYL and HOA approved for a very good reason. They are elegant. The radio op likes these because they work very well on the bands.

We've sent antennas to customers that have installed the Flagpole Antenna at their ranch home with no neighbors for miles, to a gentleman who wanted a multi-band HF Vertical on his hilltop above the home to see what it would do, and many are sent to beach homes and of course, we've sent antennas to folks in suburbia destined for their XYL's manicured front lawn. We are proud of our Smart, Strong, and Elegant designs. Your family will be too...

Of course, you want to see they work Real DX and we have got your back on this detail. We are so glad to report that very little loss occurs when considering the 16 and 12' foot designs. We have clients working 160-6M with the 16-footer finding wonderful adventures morning, noon and night. See our Blog stories for the scoop. Also, check out the graphic below that helps to tell the rest of this story.

Look at 80 and 40M. Wow! The low angles and punch in gain is impressive. Now those of you in restricted areas can enjoy Real DX confidence on the bands. Maybe you will say, "I heard it, I worked it!"

One customer said, "Got Indonesia (YB) this morning on 40m SSB with 100 watts. Over 9,000 miles!"

Note the color codes for the bands to compare.

As with any antenna, a 12 or 16' long antenna that thinks it's 66' tall will require some thinking to work "great" - makes sense, right?
We've done the thinking for you and have found that the feed system can be good looking and work great too. We hope you approve.
These comparisons above are between 20', 16', and 12' Greyline verticals (no radials) vs. a 20' vertical with radials. We love vertical antennas.
When they require radials we urge you to consider, "more copper is better." Consider 100+ radials to compete with the Greyline Performance antennas, that work DX out of the box.

Moral of the story: Add more radials if you want to beat the Greyline Performance No Radial antenna systems. Lots more...


  • "Real DX 160-6M at my HOA"
  • "4 Band DXCC in 3-months at my HOA."
  • "So pretty my XYL approves!"
  • "If I can hear it, I can work it."

+ See customer install pics and Real DX stories

+ The Benefits of Greyline Performance Antennas

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