160m ... what an amazing band!

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  1. W7UUU

    W7UUU Platinum Subscriber Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I've worked 160 for many years - NEVER with a "good" antenna for that band.... I've always
    relied on the big guns with their Beverage receiving antennas, and phased array towers on
    a 20-acre farm or whatnot....

    But a LOT of fun tonight... worked Montana, California, Oregon - all 599+++++ and my
    report back is always at least 599 - all the "upper bands" seem dead here - called CQ for
    an hour on 40 with no response... on a fluke, went down to 160 and have had a BLAST!

    150' random wire at 30', 50+ feet of which are actually IN the attic, then sloping down to 8 feet,
    matched with a Kenwood AT-180 tuner as a single wire, to my FT-950.... I know there
    are MANY on this board who would say that would never work - but honestly, for whatever
    weird cosmic/atmospheric/RF reason, it just seems to do SOMETHING on 160m that no other
    antenna I've had in 37 years did.

    Anyway, back to making QSO's on 160.... you out there? Listen for me - going to do another
    round of CQs at 1.840 CW

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
  2. K7GFH

    K7GFH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Shoot sorry I missed you. I too have been amazed by 160 meters. I have been playing with JT65-HF lately and have been amazed at the distances signals can travel. 250' inverted V at 40' here. Hope to work you sometime.
     
  3. N0NB

    N0NB Subscriber QRZ Page

    160m is a nice band. Right now I lack AK, HI, and WV for WAS on CW on 160m. I do like that there is sufficient activity to keep things interesting but not too crowded.
     
  4. KD3NE

    KD3NE Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have been enjoying 160m as of late as well.

    Nice group of guys on 1900, well at least they were friendly and welcoming to me when I stumbled onto them.

    All I have up for 160 is an Alpha-Delta DX-LB Plus and it seems to be doing a damn fine job.

    Had many people tell me it was junk, then they gave me great signal reports .... when I told them I was on that antenna and running 100 watts all they could say was " Oh! ... well I *heard* they were not good! " ;)

    Gotta love equipment reviews from people who never used the equipment! ;)
     
  5. KC0W

    KC0W Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    All three states were well represented last month in both the ARRL 160 'test as well as in Stew Perry. FANTASTIC 160 meter opening to Japan during the ARRL '160 test last month. Added 50+ JA stations to the log.

    Possibly your last 2 (or 1 if your CW only) chance's to get AK, HI & WV on Top Band this winter:


    [TABLE]
    [TR="class: blightergray"]
    [TD]CQ 160-Meter Contest, SSB[/TD]
    [TD]2200Z, Feb 22 to 2159Z, Feb 24[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW 2200Z, Jan 25 to 2200Z, Jan 27




    Tom KC├śW


    EDIT: I'm not sure what's going on with the SSB contest text in the rectangle.
     
  6. N2ADV

    N2ADV Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I have actually been enjoying contacts on 160 using JT65 and my ground mounted 6BTV. Unreal.
     
  7. AA0CW

    AA0CW XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I put up an inverted L for 160m a couple of weeks ago. I didn't know that band was so busy. I've worked every state except Hawaii, and a few dx too including Canada, Belgium, Mexico. Using both phone and jt65. Just amazing.
     
  8. NL7W

    NL7W Ham Member QRZ Page

    Contact KL7KY to see if he'll setup a sked and give you a 160M Alaska QSO. He should still have something up for that band, I hope. He's on-air with HF stacks just about everywhere else. :)

    Years ago, there was a 160M inverted vee @ 140 feet AGL on this QTH. It worked... ;)


     
  9. N0NB

    N0NB Subscriber QRZ Page

    I'll get AK and HI someday. Right now I'm limited by a very low antenna that is good for NVIS only and there is no possibility for anything better at the moment. DX on 160m for me is a luxury right now. I do know that NZ0T finally worked HI during the 160m 'test but as I was going to be working a special event station all day Saturday, I cut my time short on Friday night. I'll be looking in the CQ 'test next month.
     
  10. N5MOA

    N5MOA Subscriber QRZ Page

    He does........I even managed a qso.

    A testement to HIS setup.
     
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