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Re: [TowerTalk] 160m inverted l

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] 160m inverted l
From: "Dale Martin" <>
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2006 09:45:20 -0600
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 owerTalk] 160m inverted l
> > I simply bring the antenna end back on itself to shorten 
> the overall 
> > antenna.  I use the same method of calculating how
> much
> > will move how far, but without cutting the wire.  :-)
> >
> > 73,
> > Dale, kg5u
> Seems to me -
> This "folded back" discussion needs to specify BARE wire 
> wrapped.  If you are not using bare wire and wrap the folded 
> back section, things will change (I suspect the change would 
> be less if you electrically connect the end of the folded 
> back section back to the antenna but this will be  a pain 
> when trying to tune).
> 73, de Jim KG0KP

Bare wire, of course, Jim.  

Since it is temporary (I prefer to leave the antenna in the CW band, i.e.,
fully extended), I do lightly wrap it back on itself for cosmetic purposes.
But, I also use a piece of solid copper wire and twist-tie it just above the
fold back on itself to, hopefully, make a better/more guaranteed contact
with the new excess wire, so it doesn't become an x-factor length.  I also
wire brush the area where the twist-tie is going to be placed to remove
excess oxidation. 

When I move it back to CW, I just un-twist the tie, unwrap the wire and
reset the wire length at the insulator and cinch up the leg guy.  

Dale, kg5u


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