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

david knepper collinsradio at comcast.net
Wed Nov 14 08:13:11 EST 2007

Here at the Collins Radio Center/Museum,  one of our many antennas is a Zepp 
fed with 600 ohm open line.  The antenna is 244 feet long and works 
extremely well over the 80 meter and 40 meter dipoles.  The antenna is 1/2 
wave on 160, a full wave on 80 meters and multiple wavelengs on 40 meters.

It is a great to have this capability both in gain and feed line loss.

Real radio operators use open wire feedline.

Dave, W3ST - W3CRA
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ben Dover" <quixote2 at ix.netcom.com>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service" 
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Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 8:05 AM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Open Wire - was AMRadio Digest, Vol 46, Issue 24

> -----Original Message-----
>>From: KX5KW <ars.kx5kw at gmail.com>
>>Sent: Nov 13, 2007 6:42 PM
>>To: amradio at mailman.qth.net
>>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.  :)
> For my money, the ONLY advantage coax has over open wire feeders is
> convenience.
> You don't have to build coax, it doesn't demand the ingenuity and
> attention to detail in installation that open wire does, and you can
> just poke RG-213 thru a hole in the shack wall to get it to the rig!
> On the other hand... open wire can be constructed for a fraction of the
> cost of the same length of coax. You can get away with using an antenna
> on a larger slice of the band with open wire and a tuner, due to the fact
> that open wire's MUCH smaller losses allow it to be safely run at a much
> higher VSWR than coax. If you design your home made open wire carefully,
> it's weight is far less than a comparable run of coax, and that's a major
> stress consideration when you're feeding an end supported dipole.
> I personally love the stuff. Coax has it's place, but often it's not the
> best solution to the problem.
> Mr. T., W9LBB
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