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General Discussion / Re: Have you tried the 160m band?
« on: July 05, 2018, 06:42:17 AM »
Very good post Wally, thank you.

This is exactly what I am getting at... My recent experiments with 80m have been very successful. I was stupid not to have tried that band sooner because of perceived antenna issues, which did not materialize. For NVIS your antenna can be quite low, even a few feet off the ground. I have a 12m mast which could be used to make an inverted V on 160m. The SotaBeams wire is affordable and available in 100m spools... Maybe a 1.5:1 BALUN is in order, just to milk the transmitter to the max. My thinking is that if I was wrong about 80m being difficult to set up, maybe I am wrong about 160m. Or at least that it isn't as difficult as most operators say it is... Ray is the one who talked me into trying 80m, and he is right about the one-tank range being the most important. 2m SSB works well for that too, but I suspect 80m and 160m would be more reliable. 80m isn't the best during daytime, so I naturally wonder about 160m.

Too bad isn't open now, because the Ft-Tut seems like a great rig. There is the 1-Watter on 160m, but I'd rather have 5W. If the Ft-Tut doesn't come back, I might go for the 1-Watter, or something else. Now if a few people inquired about the Ft-Tut to, that might help, because the owner isn't sure about bringing it back... You guys know what to do!


General Discussion / Re: Have you tried the 160m band?
« on: July 04, 2018, 04:31:14 AM »
I agree. I might still need to scratch that itch though, just as an experiment...

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General Discussion / Re: Have you tried the 160m band?
« on: July 04, 2018, 02:53:33 AM »
Quite right I'm afraid, though a very thin wire can be used. 80m works wonders though so most people have no reason to try 160...

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General Discussion / Re: Have you tried the 160m band?
« on: June 29, 2018, 07:19:12 AM »
A QCX for 160 meters :) Could you imagine how many turns you would need to put on T1?

LOL, 80m was hard enough!


Antennas / Re: Linked Dipole
« on: June 29, 2018, 07:17:14 AM »
And actually 5W isn't that low.

You are absolutely right! You wouldn't believe how hard it is for a lot of people to accept that idea...


Here it is:

We are taking some time off for a break and to care for our elderly parents and have shut down ordering for a while. The prices were removed along with the buttons to prevent any orders during that time. We will be back in August and plan to have several new products to roll out at that time. As for the Ft Tut rigs, we are out of stock on those kits and looking at the viability of bringing them back.

Hopefully, they will indeed reopen...


General Discussion / Re: Have you tried the 160m band?
« on: June 28, 2018, 06:30:02 AM »
This idea keeps nagging me... I can't push it out of my head, it comes back a couple months later...

My first choice as a prepping band was, for a long time, 40m. It still is the king of prepping bands, but I find myself liking 80m even more now because it works so well for regional communications. Of course, I keep wondering if 160m with its ground-wave capabilities might offer some advantages... I used to worry about antenna length for 80m but it turned out to be a non-issue with a horizontal NVIS antenna.

That said, one of my other favorite bands is 6m FM using military VHF radios, but I never heard a peep on that band (See my video coming out this Monday 06/28/2018)... I fear it might be the same on 160m after an SHTF event because not many portable radios have the option, a notable exception being the FT-817nd of course. I need to listen to it here to see if there is any activity. My KX2 allows listening to it, but not transmitting.

For the antenna, I would simply make an inverted V dipole with a BALUN at the center, maybe 1.5:1 or 1:1, and elevate it with my 12m pole.

Now I need to find a small 160m CW kit, which won't be easy.


General Discussion / Re: Passed my Intermediate Exam last night!!
« on: June 28, 2018, 06:15:36 AM »
Congratulations Andy, well done!
What new rights does that give you?


General Discussion / Pacific Antenna,, what's going on?
« on: June 28, 2018, 06:13:04 AM »

Anyone knows? This is the ex Hendricks kits website at
All the prices and Buy buttons have been taken out.
I wanted to buy an FT-Tuthill 160m CW Transceiver.
Very concerning... I emailed them, waiting for an answer...

Can anyone suggest another 160m CW transceiver kit?


Antennas / Re: Linked Dipole
« on: June 27, 2018, 08:28:19 PM »
Now I use RG-316. It is stronger than RG-174 but not as flexible. I have no idea about the losses. With RG-174 and RG-316 I avoid lengths over 10m, and try to stay on the lower bands. For the antenna on my roof (80010P), I use 10m of RG-58 plus 10m of RG-316, LOL. Even with only 3-4W on 80m I have no problem making tons of contacts. If you really want extra-low losses, try LMR-240UF. I personally don't care much, just try to keep it short and prefer 10mHz and below... RG-174 after a while will break...


Never but yes, I would like one too!


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General Discussion / Ham Radio on Z-Nation.
« on: June 25, 2018, 03:53:22 PM »
Hi, ever heard of Z Nation? It's a parody of a zombie series. It's funny and you get attached to the characters; not to be taken seriously. Radio is featured very often, including Ham radio. Of course, they are very liberal with what radio can do and calling a fast food interphone from a satellite isn't an issue, but it has the merit of showing some kind of radio operations after an SHTF situation, be it a zombie apocalypse...

If you get bored one evening give it a try. The first few episodes aren't good, but it gets better...

The trailer looks much more serious than it actually is, though season one tries to be serious. I think they gave up on that later... After all it is coming from the same people who made Sharknado... It is full of references, to other movies, politics, religion, even history. I am sure I didn't catch them all! Anyway, just something fun to watch that doesn't require too much thinking and has radio ops in it...

Have you seen it?


There are a few radios I want to buy at the moment...

  • The uBitX, why not...
  • Weber MTR4b.
  • MFJ-9402X.
  • RT-351, brand new!
  • VRM-5080.

I have 110 items on my eBay Watch List, LOL.


Check this out, and have your wallet ready......

You f--ker, LOL! Well done.

Maybe I should get a similar case for my BitX40 still in its plastic box and not spend $100, but if I get some extra $ why not...


You just might make me spend my money Andy, tempting...


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