Topband: My beverage only hears static?

Martin dm4im at
Sat Jan 13 10:12:29 EST 2018

No matter where the beverage points to, terminated or not, hearing only 
s5 static just seems not right to me.
Did you connect your antenna to RX IN (not OUT) ? What XFMR do you use? 
Grounded the coax at the feedpoint by accident? What happens when you 
leave the frontend protector out of the setup? Will your K3 pick up 
signals when you connect your TX-antenna to RX IN?

73, Martin

Am 13.01.2018 um 15:16 schrieb topband-request at
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> Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:44:25 -0800 (PST)
> From: terry burge<ki7m at>
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> Hi folks,
> I put up my first beverage recently. It's about 550-600 feet of 17 gauge electric fence wire running to the north about 6-7 feet high. Not terminated right now but using a beverage transformer I purchased on and have not put on the termination yet. Using a 5' galvanized ground rod at the transformer and 75 ohm RG-6 surplus I got about 35 feet to my K-3 Elecraft thru an Array Solutions frontend protector to the RX antenna connection.
> All I get is S-5 static on the beverage. Even the strong stations barely make a ripple of noise. Is this right?
> I added some clamp on ferrites to see if the Common Mode Noise would be cut down but after putting 5 on the RG-6 coax there is no difference. Just that S-5 static level on any band 80/40/20/etc. Right now I'm listening to P49MR on 14.250.0 Mhz and his 57 signal does not even come thru on the beverage when I switch to RX antenna?
> Terry
> KI7M


Ohne CW ist es nur CB..

73, Martin DM4iM

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