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Ground plane vs. Eggbeater vs. best omnidirectionalantenna?

Homebrewed a K5OE Eggbeater II and tried it out today,
but did not notice much, if any, improvement over the
1/4 wave ground plane I had been using.  Both were 30'
high, 50' of 9913, no mast-mounted preamp.  Can hear
AO-51 OK but can barely hear AO-27 with both antennas.

Is this as good as it gets with an omnidirectional
antenna?  Can AO-27 be heard well with the M2
eggbeater?  With a mast-mounted pre-amp?  Is there a
better omni than the eggbeater?

I hear AO-27 much better with an HT and an Arrow.

73, Bill NZ5N 

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