ZS6BKW Antenna Review: 1000 QSOs later...

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K0LWC, Dec 20, 2020.

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  1. KD8DEY

    KD8DEY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Go For It.
    Buy a Webcam, And a Mic, & you too can be a Youtube Star....
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  2. WB2JIX

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    AND, maybe even an "Influencer".
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  3. K2WPM

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    Nice. And barefoot.
    What length of ladder line do you use?
    What size cap, 500 pf?
    Would you happen to have pic of how you installed the cap?
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  4. KD8DEY

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    I dont think you want to do it under the influence.
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  5. KN6HVU

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    I've learned something new thanks for sharing.
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  6. 2E0TWD

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    Sure, you don’t need permission.
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  7. 2E0TWD

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    Great video and all but....... what a beautiful home. 73
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  8. W5NNX

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    nice to have decent trees to hang stuff...
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  9. K3IK

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    Know nothing about either antenna but a few comments from an old timer. 95 foot span with 60 foot pole at one end and 20 feet at other end equals 175 feet. longer than 80 meter dipole. nothing says antenna cannot be bent if done with common sense. e.g. 20 foot pole not good for 20 feet of antenna, but can still use 6 or 8 feet and have antenna well above curiosity reach. feed in center with coax or open line . as long as radio is happy, there will be radiation. personally have a dipole fed at center with RG11 from cable company castoff. use multiple dipoles from insulated "open wire line" for 160 to 30 meters fed at center with a tuner. well over 100 countries confirmed on 30 meters. run only 100 watts. doing well on other bands as well.
    also suggest old timer trick I learned about 60 years ago. run 1/4 wave radials from your ground pole across back yard. can be run around house.
    My first qso was with a 75 watt novice xmttr on 40 loaded into a 75 meter light bulb.
    my first dipole on 80 meters was full 1/2 wave on roof only 60 X 20 in NYC. antenna zig zagged across roof about foot above roof except for the 6 foot tv antenna pole at center. worked Europe regularly on 80 cw with 75 watt xtal rig. ( had 3 xtals 3501.3512 and 3525). still have the qsl cards to prove it. Xtals also somewhere in junk box.
    Inverted L also works nicely, use the 60 foot pole and string across to the 20 footer. radials recommended. you have enough room to work 160 meters. don't forget the radials. they do not have to be straight. you can also feed multi inverted L from same feed point. just keep wires from touching one another.
    think back to WW2 and all the spies who used HF rigs and antennas camouflaged as clotheslines.
    good luck and may you enjoy ham radio as much as I have all these years.
    Ian K3IK
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  10. W1SPS

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    I've only been doing this since September 10th 2019.

    I started off with a 134' Endfed (still have it), Goes from about 20' up to 60' South to North. (And it works very well).
    Also have a 270' Endfed for 160m, 20' up to about 35' in the middle down to about 10' at the end, south to north. (That works pretty well too).
    Then I got a 6-40m Hexbeam which is fun, the mast I put it on sucks, thinking about a tower eventually.

    Then one Saturday a few months ago, i was bored and had read something about a ZS6BKW. I had a bunch of parts laying around and threw together a one.
    It's about 40' up at the center and the two arms slope down to about 27', it's oriented east to west (and that thing slams westward). It's actually my favorite out of all of them.

    The radios are neat, but I get a lot of enjoyment playing with the antennas. I can't even imagine the satisfaction of building them when you know as much as some of you folks do.

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