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[Towertalk] Can my 40' tower be a 160m vertical?

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Subject: [Towertalk] Can my 40' tower be a 160m vertical?
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Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 13:04:40 +0000
QSL on all Jim.  Purchase Jeff Briggs, K1ZM's book from 
the ARRL titled "DXing on the Edge, The Thrill of 160 
Meters"  In it you'll find all the info and hints to 
shunt feed your tower.  I did the same (mine's a 72 ft. 
Trylon, but as long at the tower is not too high) and it 
will definately work.  You need the vertically 
polarized, low angle signal on topband and you don't get 
that with all the other stuff except a Inverted L, which 
is also in Jeff's book.  Piks of my shunt feed can be 
found on my club's website at  Go to the 
DX Showcase section.  Cu on Topband, 73  Phil  KB9CRY
> Hello all. I've always been under the impression that one had to have a 100'
> or taller tower in order to shunt feed it for 160m. Therefore, for years
> I've been fooling with long wires, random wires, low (25') windoms, slopers
> etc. without a lot of luck. Plus I'm only running 100w.  But I happened
> across a recent thread where WL7M is using his 40' Rohn on 160/80m. Now I'm
> wondering if I can do this with my 40' freestanding tower and get better
> results with DX. Here's what I have: 40' freestanding tower, Mosley TA-33
> w/40m kit, 3 phillystran guy wires, each leg to a grounding rod and about 8
> random length radials buried from the tower base in conjuction with a W9INN
> all-band wire sloper. Is this a viable setup for using the tower on160m
> operation? If so, are there any good books/instructions on exactly how to do
> this? I'm also contemplating a Butternut HF2V 80/40 with the 160m kit which
> would end up being about 31' in length. Winter will be approaching fast and
> I want to get something different going on Top Band. Plus the fact that I've
> been inactive for about 3 years, I'm getting itchy! I've worked about 25-30
> countries with the various wire setups and 100w over the years. Looking to
> try something different. I'm currently using a Cushcraft AP8 vertical for
> 80/40/WARC operation. That antenna, while serving me well when we lived in
> an apartment years ago, is really lacking when it comes to 80 meter
> operation. That is one of the reasons I'm thinking about the Butternut.
> Bottom line, I REALLY need to improve my 80/160m situation. Thanks for any
> help!
> Jim K2JL
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