G4NSJ – 80m Metre Band 3.5MHz

This is my favourite HF band. It’s great for inter-G and further afield, depending on your aerial. I use a doublet fed with 300 ohm ladder line, cut for 80m, 132 feet long, which is only 30 feet high in the centre. The last 15 feet of each end is at right angles to the dipole but I get great reports, often 9 plus, from UK stations. Many stations use nothing more than a random length end-fed wire, but they put out good signals. Using ground wave propagation, 80m is also great for local contacts.

A few of us locally are talking about starting a regular net on 80 metres, which would be great.

More coming soon…