The XMAS Special

This is what happens when you have a left over 36′ riveted aluminum vertical that you don’t want to take apart – you use it! As it turns out, with a little branch trimming, I end up with a great antenna on 160, 80, 40 and 30 – with decent gain on 40 and 30 and in a direction where other antennas (including my…

160M: The Inverted “Fishing Hook”

My antenna now looks like some weird Inverted J or Inverted Fishing Hook (?). Its similar to the “AKI Special” antenna documented on page 9-72 of the ON4UN Lowband DXing Book. It is now 60′ tall at its apex, and then the wire trailing down skirts the very large Blue Spruce that its top wire is pulled up to. A year ago, the Diablo…

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…

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 consoleĀ  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…

160M DXCC: #89 – V26B

Top Band is a nostalgic band – it being just above the AM Radio Band. This one was a really tough one. He was very strong, but rumor has it his Beverage antenna was pointed NE, and he wasn’t working anything out West. He did hear me as KW6R, but I think he did get my call right in the end – although (and…

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…