Topband: Temporary antenna suggestion for 160

Mike Waters mikewate at
Sun Dec 15 21:22:10 EST 2019

Do the inverted-L, but use at least two 10' high 1/4 wave radials.

Do NOT use an RF ground rod, or any radials on or near the earth. Just
connect the coax shield to the junction of the radials and any remote
tuner. At that point a good choke balun is necessary.

Leaving out the choke or grounding the shield will result in very poor

73, Mike

On Sun, Dec 15, 2019, 7:04 PM thoyer via Topband <topband at>

> 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.
> ...
> 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. ...
> Tom
> W3TA

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