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Re: [Antennaware] Moxon rectangles

To: "Clive Whelan" <>
Subject: Re: [Antennaware] Moxon rectangles
From: Terry Conboy <>
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2005 13:53:37 -0800
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At 10:52 AM 2005-03-25, Clive Whelan wrote:
>NO!, using PVC coated wire. I thought it was implicit in the W4RNL data that
>wire issues all cancelled out. Is that not the case do you think?


The presence of PVC or other thick plastic insulation can lower the 
resonance by a few percent.

The latest version of EZNEC (4.0) has a provision to include wire 
insulation in the "Wires" description.  I modelled 0.05 inch thick PVC on a 
20 foot high dipole made of #12 wire at 21.2 MHz.  For resonance with the 
insulation, the dipole was 21.66 feet long.  Without insulation, it had to 
be 22.64 feet long (4.5% longer).  Looked at the other way, if you designed 
for 21.2 MHz with (implied) bare wire, using PVC insulated wire would lower 
resonance to 20.28 MHz.

I'm not sure how thick your insulation is, but this could explain some of 
your issues.

The other consideration with Moxon rectangles is what you do with the wire 
at the ends.  It might be important what type of insulators (glass, 
plastic, etc.) and how you wrap the ends of the wire onto them.  A little 
added capacitance between the ends of the two elements could warp the 
performance somewhat.

Good luck!

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