Topband: Temporary antenna suggestion for 160

thoyer thoyer1 at
Sun Dec 15 20:36:14 EST 2019

All of my contacts for DXCC have been and will be from my property and I'd
like to keep it that way (CW only also) 


-----Original Message-----
From: Topband [mailto:topband-bounces at] On Behalf Of W0MU Mike
Sent: Sunday, December 15, 2019 8:12 PM
To: topband at
Subject: Re: Topband: Temporary antenna suggestion for 160

or you could use a remote.


On 12/15/2019 6:04 PM, thoyer via Topband wrote:
> 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
> 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 radials.
> 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)
> Tom
> W3TA
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