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
> > 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).
> COMMENTS ?
> 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
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.
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