From: Clark Savage Turner WA3JPG (turner@safety.ICS.UCI.EDU)
All you have to lose is your baluns..... Let's see, was that
Anyway, just another anecdote from the continually learning ham
of 25 years here. Every once in a while I think I know something,
then some little fact comes along and messes with me.
I have yet to really check this out formally (but may do it this
weekend somehow), but I was using, for the first time in my ham career,
a 4:1 balun from a short piece of coax to my 300 ohm feeder to my 100
foot dipole. I USED to run the ol' "G5RV" configuration in the very same
tree spot, but it came down, and I just decided to put another one up
sans special length of twin lead. I ran as much twin lead as needed to
come right next to my aluminum window frame, put on the 4:1 balun, then
coax to get through the window metal frame (would rather just run the
twin lead, but haven't cut a plexiglass or plywood piece to give me the
non metallic space to run the twin lead through.)
I used the antenna with balun and over the weeks it just seemed that the
bands were a lot worse than they used to be. Also, stations that consistently
heard me at higher signal levels than I heard them seemed to hear me at
lower signal levels than I heard them now. Disappointing.
Got to thinking about a curmudgeon friend of mine who always runs any
of these "damned baluns" down. Just thought I would take the balun out,
and connect the coax directly to the twin lead. Only 10 feet of RG8,
no real loss even at high SWR, what the heck. So, I did it, got back
on the air with the same group I had been on with before, and now I was
a very strong station! Suddenly I was way above everyone else.
Well, it is anecdotal, but I hope to check this out a little more this
weekend with several tests. The balun is the cheapie variety from VGE.
AND, it is interesting to notice that I still have almost no RF floating
around in the shack (have a little FS meter on my desk to notice such
I may be able to snag the FOX now, I hope. I have been good at hearing
them, but they haven't heard me. Any theoreticians can tell me that there
is no surprise here? :-) .
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