[TowerTalk] 160m antenna ideas / suggestions
wes_n7ws at triconet.org
Wed Jan 24 23:35:24 EST 2018
I'm a relative newcomer on top band. I have only 86 entities worked.
Apparently, I failed to get the message since sixty-seven of them were worked
with an inverted-vee dipole with apex at 45' and the ends barely above head
high. This was both the TX and RX antenna and TX power never exceeded 500 W.
On 1/24/2018 4:57 PM, Jim Brown wrote:
> On 1/24/2018 1:11 PM, W1JCW John wrote:
>> Looking for ideas / suggestions.
> Go for the tallest vertical you can, add horizontal wire at top either
> inverted L or Tee to resonate it, add at least 1/4 wave 4 radials elevated at
> least 20 ft. Or a gazillion radials on the ground, buried or not.
> In general, verticals RULE on 160M, because ANY horizontal antenna is a LOW
> antenna on 160M. And it will NOT be good for NVIS either, contrary to urban
> myth. It will just be lousy for both short haul and DX. :) Some ideas about
> 160M antennas (and radials/counterpoises) here.
> If you will have a pretty tall tower (100 ft or more), consider rigging a wire
> sloping away from it, insulated from the tower, and fed from the base against
> radials/counterpoise. Or consider loading the tower. Either way, the tower
> will need a lot of radials, because it acts as a passive reflector for the
> sloping wire, and the current in the tower needs a return.
> 73, Jim K9YC
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