160m from a WS6BKW or new antenna?

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by W0AZZ, Jan 1, 2019.

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  1. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    If your Zs6BKW ntenna is 250 ft long , SURE, BUT if it is 102 ft , NO!
    I tried various short antennas on 160M and had miserble results. Moved to the far suburbs and had room for a 250 ft dipole and can work coast to coast on 160M now !
    One example of using a dipole antenna less than 3/8 wave , I have a 60 M dipole, fed with 100 Ft of 450 Ohm twinlead and a MFJ974 balanced line tuner, and tried to load it on 80M with the tuner. It very touchy quirky tuning on the transmatch and signal levels of much less than half strength compared to the halfwave 80m dipole.
    The same 90 Ft dipole does very well from 5 to 18 MHz.
     
  2. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Makes sense , because 123 Ft is a QW 1902.4 KHz !
     
  3. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    making a dipole into a .lower freq "T" antenna usually fails because there is not sufficient counterpoise in the system !
     
  4. AA7QQ

    AA7QQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Galvanized welded garden/rabbit fencing works well. I have 260'+ laid down under "New" stone walkways with irrigation underground.

    Ed
     
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