[AMRadio] Antenna Tuner Wonderings

Merz Donald S merz.ds at mellon.com
Tue Dec 14 11:39:00 EST 2004

The antenna inventory at ARS N3RHT:
Radio works 80M Windom, one end in the attic and the other end in a tree at the far corner of the property, with ends drooped down to fit the space, fed with coax
Homebrew vertical dipole, about 40 feet total length, stuck upright in a big ole pine tree and held lovingly in place by the tree's branches, fed with 450 ohm ladder line to a Heathkit B-1 balun and then coax into the shack.
Butternut HF-6V with the 160 meter option, on top of a 30 foot pole with a home-made counterpoise following plans published in CQ. Some of the counterpoise wires have broken. Fed with coax.
Homebrew from one of the W6SAI books 10-15-20 multi-band meter dipole in the attic, center is Van Gordon 1:1 balun, tuned to resonance using MFJ 259, and fed with coax
The other stuff is VHF or too junky to be worth mentioning. In a few weeks, I will put up that 1977 NOS trap dipole that I mentioned.
My house is on a small, suburban lot, but that lot sits on the highest point for 20 miles in all directions.
Anyway....that's what I'm working with here.
All ideas appreciated.
73, Don Merz, N3RHT

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Sent: Monday, December 13, 2004 5:59 PM
To: Merz Donald S; glowbugs at piobaire.mines.uidaho.edu; amradio at mailman.qth.net
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Antenna Tuner Wonderings


What kind of "crappy" antennas are you using, i.e., doublets fed with coax, open wire lines, etc., or end-fed wires?  Or, some combination of types maybe?  

Rather that building up a bunch of tuners you might consider putting your efforts into erecting a set of antennas that all worked directly off a 50 or 75 ohm coax feedlines.  Half-wave dipoles, one for each band, for example, or one or more of the multi-band arrangements (G5RV, fan and trap dipole, etc.).

Dennis D. W7QHO
Glendale, CA
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