Those of you that have seen my recent alerts may have seen that I’m looking for QSOs on 80M CW.
My antenna, like all antennas, is a compromise. I’ve been using an EARCHI UNUN with some extra radials, fed with RG-174 and matched by the LDG autotuner.
The question: What are some better antennas out there for these low bands?
I’ve thought about increasing the length of wire, and stringing it out among the trees. I’m thinking 40 meters of wire or so, to yield a quarter wave on 160 or a half wave on 80. Given that the antenna would be quite close to the ground (in terms of wavelength), I think this might be a bit of a “cloud-warmer”, but that’s fine. With SOTA, the clouds are often very nearby.
This may be great fun if I’m able to camp out on a summit here in Virginia. Making 80 and 160M QSOs at night is good fun!