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ARRL 160-Meter Contest   2017   Dec 1   Claimed Score

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Call: NSØR
Operator(s): NSØR
Station: NSØR

Class: Single Op HP
QTH: KS
Operating Time (hrs): 4
Location: USA

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Total:QSOs231Sections52Countries1Total Score24,180

 

Club: [none]

Comments:     [email]     2017-12-03 18:57:39
I have almost zero experience with 160. I live on a city lot and my antenna farm competes for space with the kids swing set and playhouse in the backyard. I decided that I wanted to operate the 160 contests this winter so two weeks ago I wound 265 feet of 14 gauge THHN wire around 24 feet of PVC pipe. I got this design idea from K6MM. I topped the vertical with a 3 foot capacity hat made with solid 14 gauge copper wire and 1/8 inch brass rods soldered together. This gave me about 20 khz of bandwidth at about 2:1 swr. I made a loading coil with about 14 or so turns of solid #14 wire around a 1.5 inch PVC pipe and connected it between the antenna element and ground at the bottom. That gave me about 40 khz below 2:1 with the lowest at about 1.2:1. For radials I used my existing radial field for my 40 meter vertical and 80 meter inverted L. This is 70 or so radials ranging from about 25-60 feet long. I also stripped out some old cat 6 cable that I hadn't thrown away yet and added another 20 radials around the base about 20 feet long. Overall, the antenna looks so ugly that I have a hard time admitting that I made it. However, it was cheap and it worked well enough to get me on 160 in a city lot. I had some family conflicts so I was only able to play for about 4 hours, but I was very surprised at how well the antenna worked. With 500 watts I was able to hold a run frequency without too much trouble. For a receive antenna I threw 140 feet of #14 wire on the ground and used the MFJ-1026 noise canceling box. I was very surprised at how well this thing works. Once you figure out how to use it, it is worth many times its weight in gold. I had a great time this year. Next year I will probably move the antenna and try the 160 Meter FCP I keep reading about. I just happen to already have the correct toroids left over from another project. Thanks for the Q's. 73, Morgan, NS0R