Were living in a home in the heart of the country now. Got the shack all setup as before with improvements. Boy oh boy going to have fun building my antenna farm from scratch. Lots of room for wire with tall trees for full wave 160m loop, open areas for 4 square and a couple towers. May even try an 8 circle but I think 2 bi-directional beverages will suffice. Yes, I'm excited as hell.
Here in the UK we bend wire all over our small back yards to do the best we can with not so much space and loads of RF noise!- Best solution is phasing two antennas to achieve back ground noise nulls & currently running an sloping "N" shaped wire antenna for 80m with get success. Inverted "V" - that's just old hat! HI.
In 2005 when I moved from 1 part of the city to another I had the same problem. That started my entire remote base project and I was first on the air remote in late 2005. Today that station has evolved with technology.
I did try a Pixel loop, but ultimately sold it as it only made a small difference but not enough to make the low bands usable. I really wasn't impressed with it and their customer service. This was before DXEngineering bought them.
However you do what you can to get on the air and live with what you have.
In case you can't afford to move to a quiet location here is how I built a quiet station for better reception
What's my secret? I became good friends with the electric cooperative. I pointed out a number of noise sources to them. They fixed them all. One of the linemen is a ham, and another one of the supervisors we go to the shooting range with on a regular basis. So we are good friendsThat said, powerline noise isn't much of an issue here because our wiring is underground. But stuff can still come from poles some distance away. They are VERY much interested in fixing because it costs them and the FCC can fine them.
Secondly I went around scouting every last single noise source in the house. I made my spouse and kids angry because I disconnected some of their favorite toys for a day or two. However I found really only one or two offensive items - one was a PC power supply. Bought and returned a few with noise testing until I found an acceptably quiet one.
Third - I situate my transmit antennas some distance from the house, like 200ft minimum. Distance is like magic.
Apart from that much of it is just luck. We have wind and solar farms around here but I attend zoning board meetings and talk to engineers and find out what they are using. We even have a sign ordinance prohibiting RFI! The town also has new guidance on tower installation thanks to me. :)
The results speak for themselves. 9 band DXCC. Working Kosovo on 160 with 100 watts (phased array helps!) I don't really do 160 contests but I should, I guess. I just get so much flack about contesting on the weekends I really only reserve 4-5 per year. :\
Well I have to say my noise floor just went up on all bands recently here at my QTH.
Some people measure distance between stations in miles or kilometres, well I measure in wavelengths, and Mike, on 160M, you are about 21 wavelengths way.
Welcome to the neighbourhood OM.
A test with Mike last night on his 160M full wave loop, with 1W output, he was 30 over at my QTH. I'm sure when the loop reaches that final height you'll crush the locals.
BTY Mike, I'm not going to tell you how much I charge to install towers yet.
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