Very interesting 160 discussion going here. I also use something similar, but
use my tower to pull up about 60 feet of wire...then slope it down to a tree in
the front yard over the house. The key is "the radials- counterpoise - etc" I
used about 20 wires on the ground (and they do self bury quite nicely) in a
half-moon configuration beceause I did not have a way to run them through the
house (YL gets pissed when I do that).
Works pretty darn good. I made my length about 140 feet and then use a simple
L/C tuner to make it look good to the radio. Actually, it is a little to long
and resonates around 1750 instead of 1800. You will find that the more
radials/counterpoise you put down the bandwidth seems to get narrower....but
you get better radiation.
I've also used a couple of "raised" wires coming off the ground side of the
tower and run then along the wood fence. Elevated radials seem to affect the
antenna but I cannot remember off had why.
Lee - K0WA
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