Topband: Temporary antenna suggestion for 160

thoyer thoyer1 at
Sun Dec 15 20:04:03 EST 2019

With only 9 more to go for DXCC on 160 and all of the recent posts about how
good the band has been recently "best in years....) I find myself with no
antenna for the low bands and cringing after each post on how good the band
has been.
I had some construction done in the yard (started in Sept) which required me
to take down my Battle Creek Special so the construction equipment could get
in and out if the yard and the workers wouldn't get tangled up in the
support lines. Funny - I came home one day after they started the excavation
and the builder asked what all the wire was he was digging up! Lost about
25% of my radials to construction.
They recently finished construction and I'm looking at what to do antenna
wise. My time is limited and the weather is starting to get cold. The tilt
base for the vertical was torn out and I'm afraid my feedline to the base
may be damaged also.
Options - I have a 45' tower with TH6DXX, 6m and 2m yagis. I could easily
string a makeshift inverted L with about 45' vertical and around 100'
horizontal. This I could string up in a few hours. the Horizontal portion
would be pointed south. Not the best of configurations but that's what I
have to work with.
Or should I put the BCS back together? This would probably take the better
part of a couple weekends (inbetween having other distractions). I'd need to
make a new base and probably lay in a new feedline and a bunch of new
I think I know the answer - go with the BCS as it's performance would be
better then the inv L but figred I'd ask around.
I know Murphy is lurking too - just waiting for me to get an antenna up then
he's going to pull the plug on the good condx.......... (or bring back that
20 over noise I had last year)

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