[AMRadio] new antenna and matchbox a bust.

w4rl at bellsouth.net w4rl at bellsouth.net
Mon Jan 29 22:08:22 EST 2007

Well taken, Brett.  Guess I am of the nature to just throw a rock into the woods and wait for what moves.  No rock thrown, no knowing what's in the woods.  But maybe it was the solution electrically in my situation, even on the new opened frequencies and no fires in the balum.

Hope you find an arrangement that suits your needs.  

Robert W4RL

> From: Brett gazdzinski <brett.gazdzinski at verizonbusiness.com>
> Date: 2007/01/29 Mon PM 08:14:13 CST
> To: 'Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service' <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
> Subject: RE: RE: [AMRadio] new antenna and matchbox a bust.
> Sounds like an interesting antenna!
> I must say, I do not trust baluns at high
> swr, high power, or on AM, but you can get lucky.
> I heard some people ran fine till the band change went
> into effect, and when they slid down the balun caught fire!
> Brett> N2DTS> 
> > 
> > Brett,
> > 
> > Yep, that length of VN era comm wire is the longest string 
> > I've ever raised here, but it fits.
> > Going to the loop design I know did this:  My Antenna Loading 
> > Control capacitor is now fully meshed while tuned to 160, 
> > 80,and 40 meters.  I use about all the inductor on 160 
> > though.  On 80 and 40 the inductor uses but a 1/4 of it's 
> > range of inductance.  Antenna pattern, well I know something 
> > has changed (I know, well duh), It seems to be able to "hear 
> > and talk further".  The fully loaded antenna loading 
> > capicator speaks for that ie getting more fire into the wire. 
> >  My run of the mil off the shelf 1:1 tuner has never burned 
> > up, and the 10 feet of 213 coax had not given me any apparent 
> > problems.  In fact, I did that design (getting the feedline 
> > throught the wall) by the suggestion from an engineer at one 
> > of the commerical manufactures of balums, antenna phasing 
> > units and such.  They advertise every month in qst.  Told me 
> > to specifically use a 1:1 at first attempt.  And if it did 
> > not self distruct to stick with it and use the minumum amount 
> > of coax between the balum and tuner.
> > 
> > Robert W4RL> > 
> >
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