I know this forum is for modeling, but with the talent of hams in this group,
I'm hoping the question will be pertinent and allowed.
I understand the benefits of baluns in say a dipole antenna fed with a coax
antenna. My question is lets say you have an average lot where the feedline
cannot go away from the antenna at a 90 degree angle, but instead must run
somewhat parallel or say even at a 45 degree angle to the dipole. I would
assume that a balun then looses it's effectiveness as one side of the shield is
skewed by the radiation from the dipole side it is favoring? (assuming the
balun is at the feedpoint)
It would seem that currents on the feedline side would be induced onto the
shield? I'm not wanting to start a debate, just trying to understand if a
balun at the antenna center feed is still effective if you cannot run the coax
at a 90 degree angle, and possibly quite to one side of the dipole leg.
Looking for some wise advice on this issue, and thanks in advance.
Note: reason being I am thinking of hanging some type of 160/80M dipole over a
bit of a ravine, and the feedline cannot run at a 90 degree to the dipole. If
it is not worth putting a balun at the center, I'll not bother, so trying to
understand if it will be helpful. It's a steep ravine and only one to cross it
once, with my legs and age. hihi...
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