I'm planning on installing a Hustler 4-BTV vertical by the house. There's already a 12 ft. steel pole mounted in cement, so I'm going to mount it on that pole about 10 feet up (sort of small mini tower). Because of another house next door and being close near corner of my house, not much room for ground radials. But being the steel pole is already in cement and in ground I shouldn't need any radials? What would you think?
The Hustler web site says: "For optimal performance, radial wires should be used." Somewhere else, there is a recommendation for sets of 3 tuned radials per band on which you plan to operate.
A short metal pole in the ground does not act as a proper RF counterpose for HF bands, nor does it prevent ground losses, and will very likely not allow the best impedance match at the feed point.