My thoughts on MF and LF.

Discussion in 'The Low Bands - 630/2200 Meters - VLF' started by WA4ILH, Nov 9, 2017.

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  1. AA5BK

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    "a "football" and a floating wire. " I recently saw one of these for sale somewhere. Its odd to find this post. A synchronicity...
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  2. WA4ILH

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    I was never “ship’s company” on a sub but, as an E.T. stationed at SUBASE Pearl in the 80s, I helped (support) on the AN/BRA-16 VLF receiver system. It had a floating wire and a “whip.” I never saw the football but they also had a ELF system (now decommissioned) which may have had a football. I was talking to one of the Warrant Officers at SUBASE Pearl (who had a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (MsEE?) about the ELF system and he claimed that ELF was not radio but simply “induction.”

    Tom WA4ILH
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  3. K1LKP

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    73 - K1LKP
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  4. AA5BK

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    Thanks! I see it but did not know what it was. Now I do lol and thanks so much!!
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  5. KC7JNJ

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    East of me about an hour is miles of very old telephone wires still on the poles and glass insulators. Must be from around ww2 or before. (I know what your thinking) But I have followed the wires for miles, you can can see where the wires have been cut and left hanging down. They are all owned by the farmers now. I got permission from one of farmers to hook up to them. We did we could hear air port beacons from BC and Washington. But if any you get going on these bands I will have to see if I can hear you.
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  6. W9XMT

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    As maybe a data point on this topic, below is a rough analysis of an electrically short vertical monopole on 136 kHz when driven against a set of 24 x 10m-long radial wires buried in 5 mS/m, dc 13 Earth (average soil) — from a spreadsheet using equations found in antenna engineering textbooks.

    I added a blue rectangle around some rather eye-opening operating values that might be present in such antenna systems. The very narrow r-f bandwidth for an acceptable load match would be difficult to find and center on the operating frequency; also to maintain there once it was.

  7. DF2JP

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    Hello friends of the really long waves ;o)

    But to ground conductivity you should note that the maps show only the natural conductivity of the region. But there are local factors that influence the conductivity.

    I lived in a valley surrounded by fields. These fields were diligently cultivated and fertilized accordingly. Every time it rained, this fertilizer washed into the swale at my place, which showed up in monster plants...12 ft tall nettles, brome thickets 2.5" in diameter. But the soil conductivity was tremendous. I didn't need any radials for my MF/LF antenna, just a 3m ground. I then buried additional radials (8x 400m) and compared the antenna current. Without radials the antenna current was 5,5 A with the 8 radials 5,8A, that was not worth the effort of digging.
    What I mean is, the map only shows the natural ground conductivity for a large area.... But locally it can look quite different.

    73 Joe
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  8. KQ0J

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    N3DT : " If I went to the Midwest I'd go to Minneapolis. They've still got deep loam there. And lots of snow. Keeps the rif-raf out. "

    Apparently not......
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  9. K6YVL

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    I never did 160, but back in the old world odor I got excellent results on 75 m with a 66 ft. vertical. I would go to the Palo Alto yacht harbor (excellent ground plane surrounded by salt water) and put up a kite (nice steady winds there). Actually, for the most steady antenna, I would put the kite up a couple hundred feet before attaching the antenna wire to the string.

    Don't tell anybody I was flying a kite with wire; that is a big no-no !!!
  10. KC6ETE

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    The radiansphere gets big as you go low. Things inside the radiansphere are a bit wierd.

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