[AMRadio] antenna tuners

Jim Wilhite w5jo at brightok.net
Fri Apr 21 20:08:34 EDT 2006

Don your comments remind me of the time I visited the QTH of Bob, W5PYT.  El 
Paso Natural Gas had abandoned the microwave system leaving a 200 ft. tower 
that supported the dishes vacant.  Bob talked them into letting him use it 
for antennas and support.

He had so many antennas strung up on it that a bird couldn't fly within 1000 
ft. of it unless they were sliced like a loaf of bread.  I can imagine Bob 
pruning each antenna following installation of something new to achieve 
maximum radiation.

He always had a good signal though.  Boy what a mess it was.

73  Jim

> I prefer to use just one dipole, centre-fed with open wire line, and use 
> multiband tuners to operate that same antenna on several bands.  That way 
> it is uniformly efficient all the way across each band, and I don't have 
> the clutter of multiple dipoles strung all around each other, or the 
> compromise of an "all-band" antenna such as a trap dipole.
> Don k4kyv

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