I use an "L" shaped antenna on 160 and have had
very good results. It is a total of 165 feet long and shows an impedance
of 50 ohms+j88. It is not necessary to know any maths or have an expensive
impedance bridge to use this antenna. Just make the capacitance variable
and you'll be in the ballpark.
Adjust with a SWR meter, cut and try adding or subtracting the length. Its not critical at all. The horizontal part can be routed just about anywhere. Try to make the vertical part as high as possible.
For the ground Iv'e tied everthing together, furnace ducts, ground rods, house ground, dogs chain (just kidding !), and radial system, with braid from RG8/U.
Does it work?, You bet!!
49 States on CW including Hawaii, and just about that many on ssb with only 100w output.
ALSO..... I feed it with a tuner as a long wire and with QRP I've worked both coasts. On the higher bands the capacitor's impedance is so low it makes practically no difference if you leave in or take it out.
Gud Luck and CU on 160
73 de NS8O
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