Vertical Antennas for 160 Meters/CQ 160 Contest SSB

Building, erecting, and testing a full-sized dipole antenna for the 160 Meter Amateur Radio Band can be a challenging, difficult task.  It may be easier and cheaper to make a vertical antenna for the "Top Band."

In this video, the contest team of "Steve and Steve" used two verticals to score well in a recent "CQ Magazine" 160 Meter SSB Contest.

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Here are some comments from "Steve and Steve":

Team Steve & Steve give an overview two vertical antennas that we use for the CQ 160 ssb Contest. We switched to a vertical design in order to pick up more DX stations. A dipole for 160M is nearly impossible to get high enough for DX. These two really worked well this year for us. Design and measurements below. Steve Ad4xt 1/4 wave elevated vertical: Base was 10' high vertical element 130' 14ga. copper strand insulated wire 5 elevated radials 17 ga. aluminum fence wire at 10' 130' long vertical element goes up 55' then inverted L to a tall tree. EFHW 160M / 80M custom built transformer for 160 / 80 3 core 290 x type 43 mix. 3 turns on the primary wire goes up 60' then inverted L to 85' pine. Both worked very well.


Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).



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