[TowerTalk] 160m antenna ideas / suggestions

Wes Stewart 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.
> http://k9yc.com/160MPacificon.pdf
> 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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