Now QRV on 160 meters

switchAfter conferring with some Topband experts I decided to do what I knew was best regarding my two antenna options – a vertical of some sort or an extension of my 80m dipole.

A diagram in this month’s (November) QST also nudged me in the right direction by showing me just how simple it would be to allow a switchable selection to change the configuration of my existing 80m dipole to a T-vertical for use on 160m.

And back again at the flick of a switch.

A few years ago I bought a ceramic DPDT knife switch somewhere without having a need for it. It just looked cool and potentially useful – and it’s been gathering dust ever since. Till now…

A trip to the hardware store provided the few other items needed: 500 feet of #18 copper wire for radials & clamps to secure the wire to ground rods, gas line, cold water piping (and perhaps the chain link fence?).

All for $40. Not a bad price to provide a new band for me.

The vertical portion of the T (the feedline) is 75 feet long; the horizontal section is 136 feet.

If all goes well I’ll make some progress on the last 65 DXCC entities needed for 9B-DXCC – all on Topband.




  3 comments for “Now QRV on 160 meters

  1. October 22, 2013 at 2:41 am

    John, my silly crappy 160m setup has brought me into W5 / TX before (with Utah best DX for WAS) , so if not this year maybe in a few years we might QSO on Top Band!

    It’s certainly not an easy band but when propagation works for us, you can go a long way. And every DX is a major victory for people like us with modest 160m antennas.

    Enjoy all the new ones flooding your log and GL / DX.

    73 de Franki ON5ZO / OQ5M

    • October 22, 2013 at 6:43 am

      Yep, the part about a new band is that all the “common” countries are new again. I wish I could report great results on 160 last night but Kansas was as good as it got and the QRN was horrible.

      We’ve worked on 80m, Franki – 160 is next! 73

  2. October 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Now that’s more like it – just snagged D44AC on 1831 kHz. Just one call did the trick.

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