Testing the 30 meters long wire antenna on the 160 m (1.8 MHz) band (2022.10.10)

in Ham Radio8 months ago (edited)

This blue wire is my antenna. It is 30 meters long. Currently its highest part is around four meters or five meters above the ground.

The built-in automatic antenna tuner of my Yaesu FT-450D transceiver can make this wire work from 160 m (1.8 MHz) to 6 m (50 MHz). I experimented in digital modes (In WSPR and in FT8) on 160 m (1.8 MHz) in the night.

The WSPR worked in most parts of Europe both in receive and in transmit too, except the east direction, which for some reason did not worked neither in receive, nor in transmit.

In FT8, I made a QSO (two-way contact) with SP7QJF from Poland (396 km), and with PA4CC from the Netherlands (1155 km).

I am a licensed radioamateur since 2012.01.16 (my callsign is HA5KZO), so I am transmitting legally.

By the way, we had good weather today. Sunny and warm. The temperature is still 20 °C.

Have a nice day. All the best. Greetings and much love from Hungary.


Hi my friend, if you go little up vertically then you might get uncovered regions, in old times, I mean not that old my childhood times, we used to erect the TV antenna high above the building around 25 m up on a water tank, this way we watched different transmissions from around the region one of them was Myanmar. Watching TV from other countries was a hobby at that time.

Well, your sky seems to have a lot of air traffic in them. Have a great day and enjoy this lovely week.



For horizontal wire antennas, it is indeed good to have a good height. I will try to put it higher, depending on the available options.

Watching TV from other countries was a hobby at that time.

I heard about TV DXing. Many people are doing the same with the broadcast radio stations too. Sometimes me too. You can find the video recordings of receiving various broadcast radio stations from around the world on YouTube. We do the same on the radioamateur bands in two-way communications, so we both receive and transmit too. Good to call CQ (general call) on the radioamateur bands, and it is often a surprise who will answer it.

If your weather is not that windy then you may install a pole, I don't see a higher place in your images.

Yes, we had a lot of fun tuning to new channels in those days, now internet has solved so many problems, but it has also spoiled the fun of being curious about something new.

Thanks bro and have a lovely day.



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