[TowerTalk] 160m antenna ideas / suggestions

Wes Stewart wes_n7ws at triconet.org
Thu Jan 25 07:37:59 EST 2018

Of course, I know all of that stuff. And I don't contend that anecdotal evidence 
replaces careful measurements and/or calculations.  What I have a problem with 
is your "expertise", which is simply more anecdotal storytelling:

"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. "

I want to see folks with an "easy" 100, 150, 200 countries on 160 move their 
stuff down here to my patch of desert (https://www.qrz.com/db/N7WS) and then 
tell me how "easy" it is.

Wes  N7WS

On 1/24/2018 10:12 PM, Jim Brown wrote:
> On 1/24/2018 8:35 PM, Wes Stewart wrote:
>> 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.
> You do know about "good, better, best," don't you? You do know about 
> efficency, and horizontal and vertical directivity, don't you? The difference 
> between your antenna and a much better one can easily be >10 dB. Half that 
> csan be the difference between being heard or not on the other end, and that 
> becomes increasingly true as local noise levels increase. N6BT has famously 
> said "everything 'works'" while describing working all continents using a 
> light bulb (carefully decoupled from the feedline) as his antenna.
> The first hundred countries are the easiest (the first 150 if you're around 
> the Atlantic basin).
> 73, Jim K9YC

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