160m Vertical Antenna Homemade

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by SQ7CL, Jan 19, 2019.

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  1. SQ7CL

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    A movie about the reconstruction of my antenna installation for short waves.

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  2. W1YW

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    This video is a must-see. English sub titles.
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  3. NU4R

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    Great presentation sir!
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  4. W3LES

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  5. KB0ETC

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    Why would you ever use steel and aluminum as part of your ground system?!? I guess conductivity, dissimilar metal corrosion and rust weren't concerns in this antenna system. There aren't nearly enough radials under that antenna to be efficient, plus with that galvanized steel pipe and galvanized electricians strap you have a poor ground. Proper grounding and radials under any vertical antenna is the other half of the antenna. In this case this antenna is very very lossy. I guarantee this vertical radiates equally poorly in all directions.
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  6. SQ7CL

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    I live near the river. Groundwater is shallow. In the future I will add more radials. However, the antenna works well right now.
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  7. KQ9J

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    I too might be a little concerned about the longevity of the ground system, but the OP placed pretty high in the CQ 160 Meter Worldwide DX contest. I doubt he would make a video promoting an antenna that didn't work. :p
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  8. SP3PW

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    Nice job :)
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  9. W7GST

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    Just click on the CC button, it is for Closed Caption so you can read sub titles in English. 73 and enjoy. Larry
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  10. SP6FRF

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    Very beautiful video. Thank you.
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