[TowerTalk] 160m antenna ideas / suggestions
paul at n1bug.com
Thu Jan 25 05:31:50 EST 2018
On 01/24/2018 11:35 PM, Wes Stewart wrote:
> 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.
I worked 200+ DXCC entities with an inverted V. Then I put up a
vertical. What a difference! I worked more DX and my signal reports
from DX improved. Having experienced this difference and knowing the
difficulty level in working the more distant / rare ones I have been
getting since the antenna change, I am positive I would not have 294
worked today if I were still relying on the inverted V.
For casual use, including DXing, a horizontal or V antenna will
work. If you have no other choice, these antennas will work. If you
have a choice and you are serious about DX, a vertical (with
effective ground system, which can be a *lot* of work and expense)
is the way to go.
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