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[TowerTalk] Breaking up guy wires for nonresonance

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Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2001 07:12:23 -0600
N4KG comments inserted in text below

On Wed, 6 Jun 2001 writes:

>    The posts below show the questions that still exist on the need of 
> breaking up guy wires.  
> A single insulator at the tower for all metal guys is a must and 
> will > eliminate RF Spill Over transfer to the guys from the tower and
> shield.   There can still be RF coupling from the beam to a guy
> underneath  even with the insulator at the tower and a resonant length
of a guy 
> like an  inverted vee.  I found minimum coupling with the inverted vees
> or more  below the beam. 

> With a 1/2 wave of Phillistran from the tower down to a metal guy 
> wire, it's  totally out of any field that is of any concern.  Scale
this in 
> Eznec, rotate > the beam (that will take awhile). and see for your
>  Further more beams have a vertical directive pattern that points 
> straight  ahead.  Therefore the pattern component pointing down at guy
> is greatly  attenuated and any reflected RF is attenuated again back
toward the 
> beam.  
> The higher the gain of the beam the more isolated the beam is from 
> surrounding objects to the side/back and below.  It just doesn't see 
> them.  

OK so far.  

> The multiple-insulator  installation all the way to the ground is 
> mostly just another "TT > Band Aid"  for a problem not properly 
> addressed like poor feed systems used in  beams.  

Here's where we disagree.  What you say is true for Beams
AT THE TOP of the Tower ONLY.  When you side mount other 
antennas lower on the tower, then you need insulators on the
guys that pass close to them (within 1/2 WL) as well.  For 20M,
this means +/- 35 ft of each side mounted antenna.   N4KG

> Fix the source of the problem first.  Unless Phillistran is used for 
> a 1/2 > wave from the tower I'd suggest an insulator at the tower, one
> 5', one at > 15' and one at 30' in metal guys.   

As stated before, my preference is to place the first insulator as close
to the tower as possible, typically 3 to 5 ft, depending if torque arms
are used plus the length of two preformed grips.  This keeps the
between insulators, through the tower, and directly under the beam
at the top of the tower well above 28 MHz.

Second and third insulators are then spaced 10 to 12 ft for isolation
on the HF bands.  Your 'recommended' 15 ft is VERY close to a 10M
director length...too long for good isolation on 10M.

A real life example of improper top insulator placement was a friend
whose top guys were attached 10 ft below the top of this tower and
the first insulators were 10 ft out from the tower.  His tribander worked
fine on 10 and 20 meters, but he felt "less competitive" on 15M where
the guy wires formed a nice 15M director (10 ft + 10 ft + 1 ft thru the
tower) 0.2 WL below the DE of this tribander.  Keep that first insulator
CLOSE to the tower !   

de Tom  N4KG

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