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Re: [TowerTalk] Inverted L for 160 Meters

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Inverted L for 160 Meters
From: "Mike Brown" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007 22:57:59 -0000
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I could get carried away here, but I'll try to keep it short. The tallest 
object I have on the lot is the 40' tower with a TH3 on top. The furthest 
standoff is about 5' from the tower, with a pulley near the end of it. I 
have in the past taken the extra length needed and played "zig zag" with it. 
The SWR was around 2:1 and while not great, it did get me on the air. 
Radials, I know I'm way off the mark, but I'm very restricted there. I think 
I used around 15 30-50 ft radials.

Now for the question! Would I be better off using a loading coil just after 
the antenna goes from vertical to horizontal, keeping the wire straight. Or 
is zig zag going to be my best bet? I have used the zig zag and while this 
is a very compromised antenna, it does get me on the band. To keep from 
trashing the reflector, you can email direct to

Tnx.... 73 Mike, K9MI


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