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Categories | Antennas: HF: Vertical, Wire, Loop | DX Blaster Help

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W4HBM  Rating: 5/5 Feb 6, 2013 12:31  Send this review to a friend!
A Real Workout!  Time owned: more than 12 months
The company made me a custom 160 meter cage dipole. It uses 14AWG THHN stranded wire. While the company usually says that one line of rope to a pulley is sufficient, there ain't no way a normal human being is going to haul this up. The way to do it is to use 7/16" diameter double-dacron/polyester (black outer coating) and make up a gun carriage pull with two single sheaves, on each end of the dipole. Lotsa rope, but with double pulleys there's a good mechanical advantage. Additionally, having a center hoist rope will mean a flatter appearance and help support this heavy antenna and feedline. If you choose coax feed, count on a balun coil. I went with 575 ohm 14AWG stranded OWL going to a balanced tuner, 'cause there's so much distance to cover outside. Once the measurements were done and verified, the antenna was put into service and I only work 160, 80 and 40 on it, and those bands tune right up, no problem. I later went and built my own 30 meter cage from the company kit, and feed it with coax and a balun, and that works dynamite, too. These are the best wires I've ever hooked up to, and if you're up to it, it's worth the effort. 
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