I have good luck with a pennant antenna, using a DX Engineering pre-amp at the 
antenna.  I live in a densely populated suburb, where it seems like every 
neighbor has every RF noise-maker ever invented, and the antenna does a pretty 
good job except for neighbors that are right off the front end of the antenna.  
The down-side is that it's fixed direction; but I have seen info about someone 
who built one on a rotating platform.  There's a ton of information about how 
to make them at http://www.angelfire.com/md/k3ky/page37.html


Art Delibert, KB3FJO

North Bethesda, MD

From: Topband <topband-boun...@contesting.com> on behalf of K1FZ-Bruce 
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:47 AM
To: Topband
Subject: Topband: 160 meter starter antennas

This is the time of year that many of us in the Northern Hemisphere have been 
waiting for.

 DX is coming up, long and stronger. Many 'old timers'  have their antennas  
"ready to roll".

New comers to the band may want an inexpensive starter receive antenna, If 
there is space
a beverage is a good forgiving antenna.

For limited space:
Despite some criticizing,  a loop antenna can result in many DX contacts. Even 
SWL's in the AM radio  BCB like them.

Yes there are always better antennas, but many of us started with in-expensive 
wire types.

flag_loop_antennas - QSL.net<http://www.qsl.net/k1fz/flag_antennas.html>
Recommend a 900 ohm low capacitance primary antenna connection. Isolation: Less 
than 6pf (3-4pf typical) inter-winding capacitance for minimum common mode 
transfer ...

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