The Butternut HF9V with 160m

After playing around for a while with Various Dipoles, random wires and such I bit the bullet about six months ago (End of 2012 in case you read this later) and invested in the Butternut HF9V+160m. I like to do things right the first time so decided to get the DX Engineering Tilt Base as well as the Radial connector base for it. Both are well worth the price! Two 50lbs bags of cement are holding this all up, pole is about 2 1/2 feet deep. The Radials are a combinaton of MFJ radial kits and a dozen or so home made. Planning on adding a few more as time allows. The support wires you see in the bottom photo are available from local hardware stores or your favorite ham radio parts supplier.

One of the connectors came loose on the original Coax so since I had to make repairs, ended up replacing the cable with a lower loss cable. So, I figured I take a few photos and make some adjustments while I am at it for those curious about these units. The wires you see hanging are non-conductive guy wires also from DX-Engineering.

The unit includes the 160m add-on kit (Extra $150 or so). Expensive and the jury is still out on that one. 160m seems to be not very active at the moment. Note the 2 large capacitors near where I made the repairs. The Wire ties are just used as tension relief as well as to hold on part of the electrical tape and the mandatory coax seal. As you can see the location is ideal for great DX!

One of the things that makes most difference is the number of radials. Well, if 4 is good, 16 is better...and so on. As you can see I took it to heart and used everything around the house as well as a set from DX Engineering and one from MFJ. Followed by 2 rools of 500ft cables (Yellow and White in the photo) and cut them to size. Everytime I add radials I notice a whole new level of DX opening up.

The Complete HF9V+160m Add-on with a rare San Francisco rainbow (in 2015, not current setup). We pretty much only have two seasons, rain and no rain. Generally there is no sun out around here when it rains. Note the airplane, we are very close to San Bruno, CA the home of the San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Lots of Scanner action!

And finally how it looks as of 2016, HF9V is barely visible on the top left next to the hexbeam, complemented by a loop for the low bands:

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