Why Hi-Z ?

Setting the new standards. SNIF (signal to noise improvement factor) came from the Syracuse University Research Corporation. As quoted from the 1 June 1967 Interim report, " The improvement factor (SNIF) is shown to depend on the geometry of the array, on the phasing network and on the ratio of atmospheric noise power to internal system noise power." Hi-Z believes this to be a more understandable method of evaluating total receiving system performance. SNIF is easier to understand as a means of comparison.

Hi-Z Antennas vs. Beverages

 Beverages - Base line Single direction Beverage, Dual Direction Beverage



Beverage, comparable length, see foot notes




Bands Hi-Z

# of Beverages to = Hi-Z Directions

Issues  / Comments

Foot Print Hi-Z

Hi-Z 2 (2-4)

540-880 ft Long


2 or 4


1 or 2 dual

Beverages require a lot of acreage

40 -50 feet

Hi-Z 3

880 ft Long



160, 80, 40

3 dual


40 - 50 feet

Hi-Z 4

880 ft Long


4 upgradeable to 8 (4-8PRO UP)

160, 80, 40

2 dual


80 ft sq


Hi-Z 4-8PRO

540-880 ft Long


8 directions

160, 80, 40

4 dual


113 foot dia.

Hi-Z 8

880- 1100ft Long +


8 directions

160 or 80

4 dual


Hi-Z 200 ft dia.


 Beverage Issues:

         Maintenance medium to high

         Lots of land - acres

         Less S/N Performance

         Less directive

         Poor low angle response

         Performance effected by ground environment

 Hi-Z Benefits:

         Hi-Z compares to 1100 ft phased beverages

         Significantly less land required

         Less cabling required (one coax feed, one control cable)

         Hi-Z 8 is a SUPER Directive array

         Better suited in tropical or high noise environments  due to pattern response

         Not effected by poor ground

         No radials required