Tag Archive for 160m

Wake on 160

MrT

As a little kid – long before even being aware of something called ham radio – I found it fun to listen for distant AM broadcast stations on my transistor radio. I bet a lot of others reading this did too. Long after bedtime and with the volume turned low, I’d slowly turn the dial and wait for station ID’s…

November doin’s in QRP, DXing and Topband

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November is looking to be a great month for certain aspects of the hobby and my days off work are being put to use in preparation for them. Several sizeable DXpeditions will be on the air: Easter Island, Banaba Island, Juan Fernandez Island, South Sudan and Swaziland. Banaba and Juan Fernandez will be New Ones…

Now QRV on 160 meters

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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…

Unassembled 160m QRP kit from 1996 – found!

SW-160 QRP transceiver kit

I don’t even remember having this kit on the “to do” list but a cool rainy day of cleaning and going through some old boxes last week resulted in a prize find from 18 years ago. Back then, the kit’s designer, Dave Benson, was NN1G. QRP-L was alive with enthusiastic, knowledgeable and on-topic postings, Elecraft…

Efficiency and small size on Topband?

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The only thing between me and 9B-DXCC is 70 countries on Topband and, as you might expect, 160m has been on my mind a lot lately as I ponder the upcoming season. In fact I’ve just ordered the parts for the following antenna. When the May/June issue of NCJ Magazine arrived a couple of weeks…

Lowband DXing *and* QRP?!

The rumor was that Fred KT5X has worked all continents on 160 meters with 5 watts. Not from a coastal QTH, but from New Mexico. A hilltop, yeah – but from landlocked New Mexico?! I’ve worked a handful of QRP DX on 80 meters and a bit of QRO DX on 160 meters so I…