The concept of “additional loss due to VSWR” is so engrained in Ham mythology.
Here it is detailed in the latest version of TLW announced in QST June 2014. On the second last line TLW lists “additional loss due to SWR” as 0.003dB, which seems ok in relative terms as the cable is nominally matched (VSWR=1.03). Continue reading Additional loss due to VSWR – a quite flawed concept
This article describes a linear circuit model for a small transmitting loop with auxiliary loop feed. Continue reading Small transmitting loop – linear circuit analysis
This article describes a NEC-4 model for a small transmitting loop with auxiliary loop feed. Continue reading Small transmitting loop – NEC-4 analysis
I have spoken in several recent articles about antennas that exhibit a simple series resonance with constant or near constant R near resonance.
Sometimes the impedance transformation used may hide that simplicity. Continue reading Simple resonators might not appear as such initially
This article explores a generic VSWR curve for simple series resonant matched antennas. Continue reading VSWR curve of a simple series resonant antenna
Off centre fed (OCF) dipoles are very popular with Hams on HF.
Many claims are made for variations of the theme, but the essential common feature is that the offset feed point provides a feed point impedance that is not too unsuited to 50Ω coaxial feed line at the fundamental resonance of the dipole and half wave harmonics. Continue reading OCF dipoles
There is a common Rule of Thumb that to be effective, the magnitude of common mode impedance of a Guanella current balun in an antenna system should be at least 500Ω (Reisert 1978).
This article proposes a possible origin for this thinking, and discusses the validity of the underlying model. Continue reading Baluns – Rule 500
I am often asked for recommendations for a replacement for TLLC (Duffy 2001).
The announcement of an update to TLW by ARRL / N6BV in June 2014 QST flagged a possibility.
Reviewing the available cable types, Belded 8215 (RG-6/U type) was tested for loss with a 75+j0Ω load (approximately a matched load) at 1MHz, and the result of1.147dB does not reconcile with the Belden datasheet showing 1.3124dB, an error of -13%. Continue reading TLW v3.24 checkout
One sees simplistic application of ohms law to antenna balun problems frequently in online forums, but is the technique valid? Continue reading Using Ohms law on antenna baluns
At (Bertelsmeier & Magnin 1992) formulas are given for calculating G/T from Sun/ColdSky Y factor in several Ham bands, and solar flux at 10.7cm. Continue reading DJ9BV & F6HYE G/T formula