Rich Measures wrote:
>>Coming back to the roller coils, Rich makes a good point that *if* the
>>material has bubbled internally, that suggests internal RF losses as
>>well as external heating by contact with hot metal.
>? Ian: I did not and do not suggest that heat from contact with the
>wire causes any of the Delrin bubbling observed by users of MFJ tuners.
Yes, it is clear that external heating could not cause the internal
>>In the end, the only way to find out is to try it.
>? I found out that Nylon, PVC, and Delrin had a Dissipation-factor
>problem by reading the specs. on them at the local plastics supply house.
But that tells you nothing about whether they will work well enough in a
>> For situations where
>>an inexpensive and easily machined material such as Delrin is proved to
>>work, there's no point in paying for PTFE or ceramic.
>? There are many applications where Delrin would be better than PTFE or
>ceramic. RF-applications is not one of them.
As Dick has pointed out, there are many non-demanding RF applications
where Delrin can do the job adequately. For those applications, Delrin
works just as well as PTFE or ceramic would.
73 from Ian G3SEK Editor, 'The VHF/UHF DX Book'
'In Practice' columnist for RadCom (RSGB)
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