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Author Topic: Top Band 160m, what a blast.  (Read 1022 times)
V47JA
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« on: February 26, 2013, 02:44:41 PM »

This has been my first week on 160m SSB, and what a blast.  In five nights of operating, I have made about 140 contacts, in 48 countries (lot of skeds), all SSB. The rig is nothing special just a TS-590, Amp 500w, AT-AUTO Tuner, to a coil loaded 31' Vertical, with the metal roof as the ground radials.  With best DX being EY8MM, on SSB with a 59/59. This is fun again, 160m where have you been all my life.

73 and DX,

John  V47JA
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W1VT
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2013, 03:46:32 AM »

Good to hear your setup works so well!

EZNEC modeling shows my elevated radial system for 80 should also work well for 160M, even though it is much smaller than a full size radial system.  But, I'm so close to getting 80M DXCC that I'm going to wait until I have the award before making any changes to my antenna system.   Wink

Zack W1VT
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2013, 06:26:49 PM »

That's great, John.  And BTW, thanks for the new one on 160!
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AD9DX
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2013, 06:31:13 PM »

John, thanks for the quick 80m QSO tonight. We'll have to do 160 sometime. I need V47 on 160.
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2013, 07:06:21 PM »

Unbelievable!  Cool I just worked TX5K on 160m CW with a coax-fed multiband inverted vee up 40 ft.  The legs are made for 40, 30 and 20m. Two months ago, by chance I decided to try tuning up on 160m when the auto tuner would not tune on 80m.   It tuned fairly well  and I tried 160m for the first time in January.  

Thanks mainly to the recent 160m contests, I have 29 states LoTW confirmed now on 160m and TX5K will make my 3rd country when they upload to Lotw  Grin

So I was thinking today about 160m and thought sunset would be a good time to try for kicks.  then I realized Clipperton is Pacific not Europe so night-time (or my dawn) would have to do.  surprisingly, they were quite loud here at 0230z and somehow they heard me.

top band is great.  i just cannot believe how good their sig is.  I tried and tried to work Calif during the 160m CW contest and struck out even though the station had an antenna that was something like 8 miles high (okay maybe 120ft or something...).  i had all but given up trying to get Europe until I can get a see about making a wire vertical with a top hat for 160m...

so was this fluke good condx with the propagation gods smiling on me or ...  Huh Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2013, 12:05:47 AM »

Try 'em again on 160 SSB. Worked 'em with < 100W on phone, only a handful of calls, most of which I was trying the impossible (QRP 160!)
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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2013, 06:16:35 PM »

Good to work you on 20 tonight Jon!
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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2013, 07:00:07 PM »

Try 'em again on 160 SSB. Worked 'em with < 100W on phone, only a handful of calls, most of which I was trying the impossible (QRP 160!)

I thought about your post today and am looking for them on 160 SSB now, but do not see (or hear) them on.  I still cannot believe I got them on CW with my 100 watts (not sure how much of that really got out) to my multi-band inverted vee (for 40,30, and 20m) w/ Ten-Tec Jupiter auto-tuner.  The antenna is 40 ft up...  I realize Clipperton I. is just 2500 miles from my QTH, but still!  Shocked

I am a 160m newbie -- did i just get lucky with the propagation gods or is there some reason my antenna worked???

what frequency did Marconi use to go across the pond and what kind of antenna???
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