At 10:30 PM 11/8/99 EST, KI7WX@aol.com wrote:
>>His problem with the open leads turned out to be
>>mechanical; a length of unsupported coaxial cable had been pulling on
>>the balun. He suspects that is what broke the leads, one on the
>>outside, one on the inside.
>Does anyone offer a well made choke type balun that incorporates a means of
>supporting the coax other than by the connector?
With RG-8/213, I usually loop the coax back and tape it securely to body of
the balun on my dipoles. Looks ugly, but it takes the strain. On dipoles
fed with RG-8X, I don't bother, and have never had a failure at that point.
I have had lots of fasilures involving the pigtail leads, though, and
finally cured that by rolling my own bead baluns, with a PL-259 on each
end, and using Budwig RF-1 center insulators. They are VERY sturdy.
73, Pete Smith N4ZR
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