Open wire line
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I have 1000 feet of open wire line. It is made from 4 AWG stranded aluminum XHHW wire spaced on 5 inch centers. It is supported every 50 feet by 5 foot poles and there are 3 insulators between each support. Zo = 450 ohms +/- 5%. The loss is .3 dB on 160 meters including the transformers at each end.
Here are some general photos:
[looking toward antenna] [looking up toward antenna] [looking toward shack] [looking away from_shack]
This [photo] shows the corner where the wires twist and make a 120 degree bend.
Finally, some photos showing our "studio audience" in the background:
[closeup of support insulator] [looking across line toward pasture]