With all the other shack and antenna building efforts going on, I was late to the party on 160M. When the K5D (Desecheo) came up, I was upset that I had no antenna for 160. I was keen to get back on 160 and get my DXCC for that band. I built a dipole and laid it on the ground. I managed to work K5D but not much else.
I started with a rather anemic vertical antenna with an antenna tuner at the bottom. The wind really made things difficult and blew the antenna down. The fact that I kept burning up the antenna tuner didn't help. There are very high voltages in a 160 antenna tuner for a shorter vertical antennas.
I decided that I needed to go to a very robust antenna that would survive the weather and not suffer from erectile dysfunction.
So, I looked around and went to Zero-Five antennas (http://zerofive-antennas.com). Tom builds them strong and to last. The following graphics show the antenna and a close-up of it's base. This is a full size quarter wave 80M vertical with 60 each 65 foot radials. Click either graphic to enlarge..
I' installed a vacuum relay at the top of the antenna which is remotely controlled from the shack. It switches in or out another approximately 65 feet of wire to form an inverted L for 160. The horizontal wire goes over to my tower and then back down. Almost an Inverted U.
My SteppIR DB-18E on the new tower provides capacitive top loading. By changing the frequency of the SteppIR I can tune the 160 meter antenna from 1.8 to 2.0 MHz. making the antenna usable the entire 160M band.
This antenna works fairly well. I am competitive in DX pile ups and met my goal for that 160 season and finished my top band DXCC. With the cards in hand the ARRL awarded me 160M DXCC.