[AMRadio] Hy-Tower

Jim Wilhite w5jo at brightok.net
Sun May 6 17:07:09 EDT 2007

There is no reason the Butternut won't work Rick, however it 
will be band narrow.  Put as many radials under it as 
possible and see what happens.  4 is very marginal, but will 
work, 8 is just a bit better, 16 is getting better, 32 is 
adequate and 64 is OK.

The Hytower is a good antenna too, but will need the 
radials, especially on 160, to work well.  I have a friend 
up in Mountain Home, AR that uses one on 160 with 16 radials 
through a Johnson 500 and I hear him fine.  As you add 
radials, you affect impedance and efficiency.

According to the specs:
      AV-18HT Specifications
      Electrical Specifications
      Bands  10, 15, 20, 40, and 80 Meters (optional mod for 
160 Meters)
      Max Power  1500 Watts PEP
      Input Connector  SO-239
      Mechanical Specifications
      Height  53 feet
      Weight  114 pounds
      Wind Survival  75 MPH
      Recommended Mast Size  n/a

It handles 1500 PEP.

> It seems this was discussed a while back, but I need some 
> updated info.  Has
> anyone used a Hy-Gain Hy-Tower vertical on 160 meter AM? 
> I have tried every
> way in the world to come up with some kind of wire for 
> 160, but I simply
> don't have the room.  I have a Hy-Tower vertical that is 
> still in the crate
> and I really need to get it up.  I have the optional 160 
> meter coil, but
> according to the manual it is not supposed to be used with 
> more than 150
> watt carrier (300 PEP) or it will arc.  I'm wondering if 
> anyone has any
> experience with this and if there is something that can be 
> done to increase
> the power handling capability?  My lack of a decent 
> antenna is my main
> reason for not being able to get on the air with most of 
> you guys.  I am
> using a Butternut 40/80 vertical with the 160 meter coil 
> option and I can
> run 375 watts of carrier without any fireworks. However, I 
> can only talk to
> a very small portion of the stations I can hear (on any 
> band) in the area or
> anywhere as far as that goes.  Any help or advice on the 
> HY-Tower would sure
> be appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Rick/K5IZ

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