Get no respect on 160? Try a 'CW 160™'

A manual or automatic antenna tuner is required for all CAROLINA WINDOM® Antennas. Most of the current transceivers with a built-in automatic tuner will tune a CAROLINA WINDOM® on all bands. Linear amplifiers will need a high power, wide range antenna tuner. I personally use the MFJ-998 1.5 kW automatic tuner. The MFJ-993 is a good choice for low power.

Now covers 6 m at no extra cost. The maximum power rating on 6 meters is 200 watts CW/SSB.


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It isn't easy to put out a respectable signal on 160 meters. It may be even harder on 80 meters because everyone has a strong signal. The CAROLINA WINDOM® 160 comes to the rescue. The CAROLINA WINDOM is the antenna that has helped put many 160 and 80 meter stations on the map.

Go with a winner and break away from the pack. Put up your own CAROLINA™ 160. Then send out for a new supply of QSL cards.


Frequency Coverage 160 - 6 meters + 30, 17, 12 WARC
Gain As much as 10 dBd* reported at most installations
Radiator Length Horizontal 265' and the Vertical Radiator is 22'
Feed line 50 ohm coaxial cable, RG-8X recommended
Matching method Dedicated matching transformer + user's tuner
Tuner needed Yes
SWR Low, adjust with tuner
Power Rating 1500 watts CW/SSB *
Recommended feed point height 40' usable at 35'
Radials Not required
* Important: Not rated for AM, RTTY or other high duty-cycle modes. Power rating is for normal SSB and CW duty-cycles only.
Exception: At transceiver output levels, this device may be used on PSK-31 and similar modes without increasing the normally low IMD performance.

* Based on user reports and field evaluations and is due primarily to the Vertical Radiator system and size (in wavelengths) of the antenna.

How does the CAROLINA WINDOM® 160 compare with other antennas?

Support Configurations

With 256 feet of wire, a Flat-top or Inverted-V are about the only support options available. On the low bands, the CAROLINA WINDOM 160's rivals are few, if there are any at all, but you need a lot of room to put one up.

It will not hurt the antenna's efficiency if you bend the ends of the antenna slightly to make it fit into the space you have. Just keep the vertical radiator in the clear and the wire as high as possible.

This antenna is optimized for the lower bands. For even better performance on the bottom bands only, special VERTICAL RADIATORS , optimized for 80 or 40 meters, are available.

Ground Space Needed

Configuration vs. Length Required

Flat Top: 265'

Inverted-V @ 50' Length = 240'

Inverted-U @ > 50' Length = 256 - { 2 (height - 8') }

Sloper @ 40' No major change in length requirements unless you have very tall supports.

General Mounting Requirements

† Mounting height of vertical section: > 35'

† Minimum recommended angle between legs = 126°

Ideal inverted-V angle = 140° or more.

† Minimum angle between legs = 90°

† Minimum height at ends = 8'

Recommended Configuration

Flat-top, suspended between two tall trees located > 265' apart or an Inverted-V of more than 126° (>140° us better) and supported by a tall center support.


50 ohm coax. RG-8X or Super 240 is recommended for most installations.

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