[TowerTalk] 160m antenna ideas / suggestions
wes_n7ws at triconet.org
Thu Jan 25 23:25:22 EST 2018
I'm sorry to have confused you. When I most recently* ventured onto top band I
added some extensions to my existing 40/80 inverted vee to resonate it on 160.
Despite what some here believe, I'm no dummy and know that a vertical (or mostly
vertical) is preferred. Hence, I have constructed one. I don't consider it
quite finished because it needs more radials. As a matter of fact, I stopped at
the electrical supply place today and bought another 1,000' of insulated 14 AWG
so I can add some more; hopefully before the weekend.
My original point was that some "experts" have this knee jerk (heavy on the
jerk) reaction when you say you are using a horizontal antenna on 160. I'm much
too old to suffer these fools gladly and say so.
I neither contend that I have nor intend to have a world-class station on 160.
I've never had one on any other band so why start now? I'm goal orientated, 100
countries will complete my 9-Band DXCC and I will be satisfied.
* My first top band QSO was also my first top band DX. In 1959, my HF RX
(BC342) died. But I had a DX-100 that covered 160. So I took an old car radio,
which in those days used permeability tuning, and adjusted the slugs so it would
tune 1.8 MHz. The i-f in those was 262 kHz and needing a BFO I built a 250 kHz
oscillator with a crystal I had on hand. Close enough. I adjusted the injection
level by moving the two chassis relative to each other. The antenna was a wire
plugged into the transmitter which ran through the casement window up to near
the top of a Eucalyptus tree in my parent's back yard. I heard and worked a
VE7. Unfortunately, the log and QSL if I got one, are long gone.
On 1/25/2018 7:19 PM, john at kk9a.com wrote:
> I am confused, your QRZ biography indicates that you are using an inverted L
> on top band. Certainly you must have realized that generally a vertical is
> a better 160m antenna than a 45' high Inverted V. I have tried ~40' high
> inverted V's and they work terribly, even in the Caribbean.
> John KK9A
> from [Wes Stewart]
> To: towertalk at contesting.com
> Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2018 21:35:24 -0700
> 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.
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