I have a 80M dipole up around 70 feet fed with open wire line just like
yours. I have worked a few countries with 100W feeding the shorted feedline
through a tuner. I have no counterpoise or radial system so sometimes I
have trouble with RF in the shack. I worked 3Y0X on Peter I with this setup
a few years ago. The 8,000 mile path was pretty much all over water, but
this shows what is possible with a shorted open wire feeder and 100W on
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Brown" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, June 04, 2011 1:09 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] 160M
> On 6/4/2011 12:37 PM, jsloss wrote:
>> What type of 160m performance, if any, am I likely to get if I tie the
>> shack end of open wire feeders together, that go to a 80m dipole up 55',
>> and feed it against ground.
> You're very likely to have a lot of fun on 160M. I've used EXACTLY that
> antenna, with great success both here in Nor Cal and back in Chicago.
> One important caveat though -- you don't want to feed it against the
> EARTH, you want to feed it against some sort of counterpoise that acts
> as the other half of the antenna, like radials, whatever wire you can
> string out, etc. Back in Chicago I used a big wrought iron fence that
> ran around the front of my city lot. Here in Nor Cal I had room for
> radials, so that's what I used. My buddy, KK9H, uses the HVAC ducts in
> his wood frame suburban house. He ain't loud, but we've worked several
> times from Nor Cal to Chicago.
> Note that having fun on 160M also means a good RX antenna. Study the
> literature for various RX loops and Beverages. The ON4UN book and the
> ARRL Antenna Book.
> 73, Jim K9YC
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