In a message dated 97-12-30 02:13:12 EST, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> i swapped it out for a bencher za-1a high power balun i had laying around.
> while i was up there, i changed out the little connector wires for some of
> a much larger guage.
> did i just shoot myself in the foot?
I don't know. Did anything change? It's been my experience that different
baluns on the same antenna sometimes have an influence on SWR - sometimes
making it better and sometimes worse.
> do i have to buy the high-power version from hy-gain?
What's the power rating of the Bencher? The original voltage-type Hy-Gain
balun is the BN-86 which had a power-related reputation. The new current-type
is the BN-4000B - it's rated at 4000 watts.
> does the hook up wire length and guage make a difference?
It's been my experience that a couple of inches more wire doesn't make a
lot of difference. (With the exception of Mosleys, that is.)
If the new balun looks fine SWR-wise and doesn't blow up, then everything
is okay. You may want to have a standby balun available just in case. I might
suggest the Force 12 B-1 baluns. They're a stacked toroid-type of balun and
are manufactured in a vaccuum chamber which means that all air is evacuated
and they're sealed against everything. They're $39.95. TOWER TECH has them.
73, Steve K7LXC
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