Topband: My beverage only hears static?

Lloyd - N9LB lloydberg at
Sat Jan 13 18:10:10 EST 2018

A couple of thoughts...

5 clip-on ferrites is extremely insufficient at 160m, get some small
diameter coax and large toroid core for decoupling.

Set up your beverages as reversible.  The ability to switch between forward
and reverse will tell you a great deal about your environment and is a good
day-to-day indicator of the correct or incorrect functioning of the


Lloyd - N9LB

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 2:44 PM, terry burge <ki7m at> wrote:

> 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?
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