After 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.