[AMRadio] would like to build a little homebrew project

Jim Wilhite w5jo at brightok.net
Tue Jul 31 11:50:41 EDT 2007

Brett is on the right path.  I have always heard from all my 
old(er) elmers that it takes two things to work on 160.  1. 
Power   2 a vertical antenna.

This is not to say you won't work anyone in your area with 
low power, but if you hear someone at a distance, the 200 
Watt + carrier can make the difference.

There is a guy in AZ who uses a Viking 2 (100 watts) with a 
90 ft. folded unipole and he is as strong in Oklahoma as 
garlic breath.

75/80 is much the same except a dipole can do a good job for 
you.  I realize what you are doing, but I do suggest you put 
up a very good antenna for 160.  It will pay off with the 
lower power.


>A collection of old handbooks is a great thing to have,
> both the arrl and the bill orr handbooks.
> A 6146 modulated by a pair of 6l6's would be nice,
> 50 watts of carrier, 200 watt pep.
> You can put a xtal in the grid, or build an osc stage
> to isolate things a bit.
> Or buy an old VFO to drive it.
> Brett

>> I'm wanting to build a little homebrew project and build 
>> bigger ones
>> based on what I learn from the smaller project.  Just 
>> wondering if
>> anyone could point me in the right direction for building 
>> a nice
>> little AM transmitter, preferably for use on 160 
>> meters...   I guess
>> I need to find some really old ARRL handbooks because the
>> ones I have
>> from the late 60s and 70s aren't helping me.
>> thanks
>> --
>> 73 Jason N1SU
>> http://n1su.com/

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