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Topband: Recommended Antennas for 160M/80M Receiving

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Subject: Topband: Recommended Antennas for 160M/80M Receiving
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:31:57 -0500
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 Great looking toward the large circular arrays. Getting to be a popular
 item. Must be a hoot to switch it around in a contest. 
 Two of my  antennas are Beverage using WD-1A. One  a two direction BOG and 
 the other a  two direction  9 ft above ground. I Like the wire as it is tough 
and survives well.  Doesn't break easily, stretch or droop. 
 Lot of users. The  published resistance  figures are for one mile.  My two 
wire BOG is
 200 feet long & do not see  noticeable loss. It is tough stuff and 'tough on 
the fingers' to splice. Yikes
 Yes, Some  have galvanized steel strands, so they are more conductive than the 
steel ones. The Field Manual FM-24-20 dated
 May 1960 is a good reference
 Merry Christmas,
   Repair was slightly more difficult as WD1A has seven wires, four
 are tinned copper and three are galvanized steel. Luckily, I was a Signal
 Corps guy and had training on how splice WD1 and it carried over to the new

FWIW, WD1 was the larger, twisted telephone wire that was used in the old
 tip and ring phone systems. The new WD1A was designed to be used with the
 digitally switched phone systems that came on line around the time I left
 active duty. 

That said, it has been stated by a number of Top Notch 160 DX'ers, you can
 never have enough receiving antennas. 

Long term, I need to find a place on my property to install either an 8
 element array or Kaufman's nine element iteration. I also will reinstall a
 NW-SE and NE-SW WD1A Beverages. All it takes is time. 

73 Craig K1QX

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