Tried the coaxial ones and indeed they are heavy, also got hot and burned up
using RG8 foam coax, suppose I should try some with solid dielectric
These Unadilla's are supposed to be good for 2kw PEP but when I tried to pin
the maker down to what that meant, I got a song and a dance. I am taking up
this new set with him and see what he says. In the mean time I would like
to have a set of 40 traps to put in the antenna instead of it just being 80
meter and 160, I have a set of 40 traps for A3S beam that might work but
have to dig them out, I know they will take the power.
Thanks for the reply.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Vic K2VCO" <email@example.com>
To: "Gene Bigham" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; "Amps reflector"
Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 4:29 PM
Subject: Re: [Amps] Antenna traps
> Gene Bigham wrote:
>> I know this is not about amplifiers, except for being able to use one on
>> a trapped antenna, but has anyone found a set of traps for 40 and 80 that
>> can handle a legal amplifier output?
> You have two problems in making traps: current and voltage.
> I made some using 5KV doorknobs (for 160/80) and exploded the doorknobs at
> less than legal power. This was a result of heating as a result of
> inadequate current capacity. They also drifted a bit before blowing up.
> Now I have one made of a 6 KV mica capacitor that is about 3" x 4" x 3"
> which worked fine at QRO.
> The trick with traps is to make sure they are NOT resonant at a frequency
> that you will operate on! The voltage across a parallel resonant circuit
> increases enormously as you get close to resonance. For example, my 160/80
> meter inverted L (used for CW only) trap is resonant at about 3480 KHz.
> The impedance in the lower part of the band is still high enough to
> isolate the 160 M section, but the voltage isn't astronomical.
> You can make traps out of coax which will handle the power. Just google
> 'coax traps' and you'll find some information. They are heavy, though.
> Vic, K2VCO
> Fresno CA
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