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Converting a 80M dipole to 160M ?

Jan 5th, 12:24

hamwillyt

Joined: Nov 30th 2015, 19:06
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Hi and I'm new to to this fun hobby and have an ICOM 7300. I've installed a 5GRV (6M to 80M) in north / south direction and a simple 80M dipole that runs in east / west direction. I really don't find much of a difference monitoring and successfully transmitting on 80M between the two antennas.

So, is it possible to simply "add correct lenght of bare wire" to the simple 80m dipole to so it works at 160M

Thanks,
Bill
Jan 5th, 14:29

W1VT

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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You need to add about 66' on each side of the dipole.

An 80M dipole is typically around 125 feet from end to end, while a 160M dipole needs to be around 257 feet from end to end. The exact length will vary depending on height above ground and wire insulation. The demo version of EZNEC can be used to calculate a more accurate starting value than the traditional 468/f formula.

Zack Lau W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer

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