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Title: 160M balloon vertical on Field Day?
Post by: N4NYY on June 25, 2012, 03:23:28 PM
I had 10M for Field Day this past weekend, and it was pretty bad. Last year it was wide open. Anyway, someone brought up the idea of a 1/4 wave balloon vertical and thought maybe we could try it on 160M no one ever has that station and I have never been on that frequency myself.

The question is, do the the ground radials have to be 1/4, or can you get away with 1/8?


Title: RE: 160M balloon vertical on Field Day?
Post by: N9CKL on June 26, 2012, 09:55:51 AM
Central Illinois Radio Club
Tried 160m. Only a couple stations on FD at 1am .
80m and 40m was the ticket 9pm to 6am.
digital, cw and phone on three seperate 80 and 40 meter antennas.


Title: RE: 160M balloon vertical on Field Day?
Post by: N4NYY on June 26, 2012, 01:05:15 PM
Good to know. Thanks!


Title: RE: 160M balloon vertical on Field Day?
Post by: NV1P on June 29, 2012, 10:42:45 AM
I can't speak for having a 160 vertical, but my local club put up a 80M balloon dipole, and let me tell you, it works AMAZING! If you feed it with balanced line and a tuner you can use it on any band 80M and above, or just use a balun for 80 only.

Another idea is using a kite to lift up a vertical. Check out "NE2Q's Antenna Fell From the Sky!". I tried to find a pdf link. I know there used to be one somewhere. You may be able to get it off of the ARRL archive.

73,
NV1P


Title: RE: 160M balloon vertical on Field Day?
Post by: KO7I on June 29, 2012, 09:19:42 PM
160M in June? I tried that once, figured out I needed a receive antenna real bad. My bet you will too, same for everyone else cause with a beverage or a k9ay loop you maybe hearing them but if they don't too... well you-all are smart enough to figure that out.  :D :D


Title: RE: 160M balloon vertical on Field Day?
Post by: ZL1BBW on July 03, 2012, 03:04:29 AM
Put a fluorescent tube on the kite, then when you key it will flash on and off, everone round will think its a UFO.    :)