IV3PRK Pierluigi "Luis" Mansutti (ex HC1PF)

  160 meters Band: DXing on the Edge


In the month of February 2009 I used all my possible weapons in order to listen for a Pacific DXpedition over the North Pole path.  After installing a two-wire Beverage, I decided to try also for the first time a Beverage on Ground, as long as possible. 

From the far southern ground stake of the 2-wire Beverage I laid down on the ground a single wire 230 m. long straight in the northern direction, where I drove another ground rod. With a load resistance of 330 ohms (lower than in a regular Beverage) I got a good uniform SWR  at the input of the RG213 feedline, through a KB-1 Beverage transformer (9:1 ratio).

As seen in the short paper “2-wire Beverage Follow-up” this antenna is very quiet, but also the signals are much lower, without any real improvement in the S/N ratio, and thus useless so far.

Anyway my experience confirms that “You never have enough antennas” and, once in a while, every antenna or piece of wire can be the right one!  Unfortunately the B.O.G. is a typical temporary antenna and cannot be kept for a long time testing.