Matching 160M: The Challenge Continues

All of a sudden, in a CW pileup this morning, my amplifier kept faulting – the SWR started creeping up. Since I have all of the components to make the same T circuit as a Palstar AT5K, I might try this. I have the space in the cabinet and its an easy task, so I will try to get this done after work tonight….

Two Great Lowband Antennas

If you have a good radial field, it’s hard to beat an Inverted L on a small lot. It’s easy to match it on 160M and 80. If you don’t have radials, the Mod Bob is a great way to get on all low bands on a small lot The Mod Bob requires a good balanced tuner like the Palstar BT1500A

Dios de los Muertos

Yesterday we had the best Halloween party at Credit Karma. I felt like a kid again – kudos to our wonderful Events Team – they knocked the ball out of the park!. What an amazing company to work for – I’ve been at CK for 8 months and just love it. The Inverted L with home brewed remote tuner at the base has a…

New Low Band Antenna

It took a lot longer than I expected, but after trying many LC circuit combinations, and I can make the SPE Amplifier happy on 160, 80 and 75M. Trying to add in 40 and 30M were possible, but by adding in more components and thus causing some loss – which is silly since the DX Engineering DV-40-P works much better on 40M and even…

160M: CQ WW Bust and Busted

From Page 6-8 of the ARRL ON4UN LOwband DX-ing Book Today I will nail the new LC circuit for the Inverted L. There are 14 combinations that I can try, so it could take a couple hours to finalize the LC circuit, wire up the u.RAT and button it all up. The ones that have one L and one C in the diagram above…

Urat and inverted l

I now have the antenna in this configuration (128 feet total length), and also have the u.RAT ready to be set into it’s waterproof box and wired up. The fancy schmancy u.RAT control console  Because I have a shorter antenna with the far end up off the ground, 160 tunes well, but 80M now tunes at a 3:1, so I will probably have to…

The u.RAT Rides Again!

The u.RAT will be put into service – now that I have switched to the Grounded Loop / Inverted U low band antenna On the left, the Spiderbeam aluminum mast used as a vertical – with Alumox between each joint, plus two hex head socket bolts and the clamps that came with the mast. On the right – 41′ of DX Engineering aluminum –…

Inverted U Matched on 160 and 80M WIth Low Pass (??) Circuit

This low pass (??) circuit lets me get on 160M CW and 75M SSB with very low SWR and no tweaking. I would need to tune when going down to the CW portion of 80M. The Variable Capacitor is a Palstar C600 and the Roller Inductor is a Palstar RI-28. I tried quite a few different L circuits (all of the 8 documented in…

High Pass T Circuit

High Pass “T” Coupler Circuit from http://www.w0qe.com/Papers/Antenna_Tuners.pdf Trying to get 4 bands 160 – 30M (and maybe even 20M as a bonus) is tricky with a 2 component L circuit, so I will follow Larry, W0QE’s lead and start with a High Pass “T” circuit – which gives great range at the sacrifice of a little loss. I plan on trying to find one position…

Low Band Grounded Loop

The ARRL told me that they do not plan on continuing to update this book with new revisions. If you don’t already have it – you really need to order yours now – because it is already a classic.  More than ever, the combination of Low Band Antenna Experimenting and Maker projects is the cats meow in Ham Radio. I don’t even care so…