[AMRadio] Open Wire - was AMRadio Digest, Vol 46, Issue 24

jeremy-ca km1h at jeremy.mv.com
Tue Nov 13 20:59:23 EST 2007

I dont know what you think you read but Ive dismissed nothing. Im not here 
to start or get embroiled in a long winded argument; that is strictly a 
lose-lose scenario.

For some, open wire fills a need and serves it. Others want something 
different either in radiation pattern, gain, ease of use, no tuner to have 
to fiddle with, or whatever.

Coax loss on 80/160 is inconsequential even in a run of a few hundred feet. 
When losses matter, use bigger coax. All my long runs are CATV hardline of 
3/4, 7/8 and 1". The horizontal run just to the base of the 180' tower is 
250' and the others are 100 to 175' away. Cost was zero plus a few cases of 
beer to CATV crews. Beverages are fed with up to 1000' of 1/2".

I just dont care for multiband antennas as they are a compromise but thats 
not an AM issue, just a personal preference based on 52 years as a ham. 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "KX5KW" <ars.kx5kw at gmail.com>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 7:42 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Open Wire - was AMRadio Digest, Vol 46, Issue 24

>  I expect that many of us that are able to get something else in the
> air, choose balanced-open-wire for it's advantages over coax cable.
>  A link-coupled balanced tuner feeding open-wire line can be a very
> simple, efficient setup.  Don't dismiss it just because it has been
> around for a long time.  :)
> 73',
> Kent/KX5KW
> On Tuesday 13 November 2007 05:16:48 pm jeremy-ca wrote:
>> I havent used open wire line since I was in high school in the
>> 50's.
>> If that is all you are able to get in the air then I agree it is a
>> fair compromise that has been used going on 80 years.
>> ...
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