There is no need to mount a mini-whip very high.
5 meter is about optimum. Higher will give stronger signals and noise, so
nothing is gained.
Don't worry about the screening effect of trees on receive.
What happens is that there will be some attenuation, but the band noise is
attenuated by the
same amount as the signal, so signal to noise ratio is not impaired. These
ample signal levels and at LF there is a lot of leeway.
My mini-whip is mounted in a hawthorn tree and there are a couple of large
nearby. At 400 kHz, the difference between dry and wet foliage is only 2 dB,
which is no
There is no need to use an actual whip. Stefan suggest a whip of 0.3 meter. I
have tested this
and found that a PCB-antenna of 30 x 40 mm produces the same signal level.
Besides a smaller
size, which is not important of course, it will be less susceptible to
The same applies for a K9AY. There is no need to scale it for 137 kHz. The
properties are not effected by size, only the output will suffer. You might
mount it on your 9
meter LNV and see how it works.