Thanks to the 20+ hams who responded with guidance and recommendations!
Here's what I did
1. Replaced radiating element. Put up 128 foot of new wire.
2. Removed remote coupler
3. Checked SWR at shack, 2:1 AS EXPECTED, with about 35 or so ohms at the
1. The CG-3000 remote coupler did tune ok on 160 over the winter, but it's
not working now. Probably the internal losses at that frequency, or
limitations of the coupler (not a surprise, I was hoping anyway)
2. I have 300 foot of LMR-400 coax. With a 2:1 SWR, that's about 0.1 dB
loss on 160. No need for a tuner, I can use the one in the radio
3. The MFJ-259 may be suffering from overload or other issues at this
frequency, which may explain why I got a weird reading last night during
nighttime AM broadcast propagation times.
3. Use common sense when investigating problems; I knew that a KISS
approach, with 1/4 wave and radials should give me a reasonable measurement
of resistance and reactance. Next time, I will start simple and work my way
So, we should be all set with the transmitting antenna, maybe some more
Now, on to the construction of the beverage!
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