I’m going to add a multi-band HF vertical to the “farm”.
I haven’t used a vertical in decades and I’m aware of the derision that comes with the antenna. They’re more susceptible to man-made noise and everyone says they “radiate poorly in all directions”. Doesn’t matter, I still need one.
HF propagation has been poor for years, but 20 meters has continued to support global communication for hours each day and I believe it will continue to do so.
That leaves me needing a low-angle radiator for 14MHz and I’m looking at something like the Cushcraft R-6000 which handles 1500 watts and covers 20, 17, 15, 12, 10, and 6 meters. It’s roughly 20-feet tall, and weighs 12 lbs. I’ll mount it on a 20-foot mast to get it above the roof. It doesn’t require ground radials.
Of course there will still be ground losses, these kinds of antennas aren’t above the laws of physics. But it should be worthwhile to have a vertical radiator with a 16 degree take-off angle on the most prolific DX band in addition to the wire antennas for the lower bands.
My only question has been the quality of Cushcraft products now that it’s owned by MFJ. But the reviews have been good and it matches my specific requirements, though I’ve not yet ruled out one of the multi-band verticals from ZeroFive Antennas.
I figure I have a month to make a final decision and then get it installed by the end of September to stay on schedule.