Had my first CW QSO on 160m last night
Spent the afternoon on the hill tweaking the big antenna. I wasn't happy with how the vertical element was routed through the tree so I rerouted the support rope. Also laid down all the radials using rocks and branches ... don't want the Deer tripping on the wires! After the work I was pleased to see that the VSWR dropped a bit , not 1.2:1 at 1.8 MHz and below 1.5:1 all the way to 1.9 MHz and down to 1.7 MHz. I will probably take a foot or so off the radiator to slide the optimum VSWR up 500 KHz.