[AMRadio] AM on 160m

Ken Zuercher hepcatrevival at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 9 23:28:28 EDT 2008

"The more work you put into the antenna the better the
payoff no matter 
what the transmitter."
Truer words have never been spoken!
My lot is 48X108ft. I do have a Hygain vertical and a
MiniQuad that may get put back into service. I used to
run QRP with the vertical on 80-10 meters with a Heath
HW-8. I worked all over when conditions were fair to
better. I also used the 75 meter half sloper to check
in toa cw net every day. They could hear me so I guess
it was oK. I'm negotiating with a friend here in
Toledo to take custody of his DX-100. That should help
on 75 AM. "Have some splainin to do Lucy" about the
size of the stuff I am bringing into the house. Thanks
for the advice and good conversation. Hope to meet you
on the air some time.
--- Jim Wilhite <w5jo at brightok.net> wrote:

> Hi Ken,
> How much space do you have?  If your tower is 50-60
> ft. could you 
> possibly install an Inverted L?  Say 55 ft vertical
> (the more the 
> better) with the rest horizontal out to about
> 160-170 ft and the end 
> as high as possible.  Feed that with 50 ohm coax and
> use a series 
> cap in the center of 100-300 pico farads.  If you
> will do that, you 
> will be able to tune the thing on all bands with a
> good tuner at the 
> transmitter.  The downside is that it will be a
> better antenna for 
> long distant communications and not as good for
> distances out to 500 
> miles.  I have 44 ft. vertical and the rest
> horizontal and it works 
> on 160 both close in and at a distance (as many
> radials as you can 
> put in).
> On 75 meters, however it is distance dependent. 
> Close in stations 
> are weak, stations out over 500 miles do well.  As
> for power, the DX 
> 40 will have trouble on 160 and 75 on AM in the
> evening.  However on 
> 40 and above you will make adequate contacts.  On CW
> you will do 
> fine on 75-10 and ok on 160.  I have a 40/75 meter
> dipole (the poles 
> support the ends as high as the center), the
> inverted L plus a 5 
> band beam for the upper bands.  I find the L works
> fine on the upper 
> bands.
> For transmitters I use a B&W 5100B for SSB, a B&W
> 5100 , Globe 
> Champion 300A and a Globe King 500A.  On the upper
> bands, power is 
> not that important, but on 75, especially at night,
> it is.  CW is 
> much more forgiving than AM so take that into
> consideration.  The 
> more work you put into the antenna the better the
> payoff no matter 
> what the transmitter.
> 73
> Jim/W5JO
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Ken Zuercher" <
> > Jim, If I had a little more land, I'd put up
> dipoles
> > also. I am however using half slopers on 40,20,
> and 10
> > meters. the longest is only 32 feet. The 40 meter
> unit
> > tunes well on 15 also. i haven't worked anyone on
> 15
> > as I haven't been around when the band is open. I
> am
> > just about able to put up a 75 meter half sloper
> to a
> > point on a tree from the tower. What do you use to
> > tickle the dipoles? I have a Heath DX-40 which is
> more
> > than enough for any cw contact but I haven't done
> more
> > than test on AM. Do you think the higher bands
> will go
> > with the lower power on AM?
> > Thanks for the advice in advance!
> > Ken KC8QO
> >
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