Hooray! After 42 years on the ham bands I have finally made a contact on 160 meters. And it was on AM, using John Zaruba's DX-100. My antenna is the 185 foot wire that I mentioned in yesterday's post. I built an L network using a roller inductor and a bread-slicer cap -- the network is at the base of the antenna. Before dawn this morning I threw my call into a round-table on 1885 kc. Pete WA1SOV up in Connecticut heard me and we had a short contact. Hooray!
I hope this puts some pressure on Steve Silverman and Pete Juliano -- they have sworn A SOLEMN OATH to get on top band. I'm especially worried about Pete's adherence to this pledge -- he seems to be going a bit wobbly on us, playing with Raspberry Pi's and things like that. C'mon guys! Top Band awaits!
My antenna needs improvement. More radials might help.