> > 1.) The SWR on the 75-ohm line remains constant with length of the
> > 75-ohm line.
> Yes, but only if you are measuring VSWR referenced against 75 ohms. If
> your are in a 50 ohm system, then the VSWR measured (relative to 50
> ohms) will change as a function distance along the 75 ohm line
VSWR is always properly measured or referenced to the surge
impedance of a line! SWR is, by definition, the ratio of across and
through vectors along a distance of line.
even if we agree to go outside standard protocol and measures
SWR referenced to 50 ohms on a 75 ohm line, it most certainly
does not apply at all to what is being discussed.
In the case being discussed, a 50 ohm line is the ONLY line
impedance between the antenna and the source, so it is clearly a
50 ohm system.
> > If the line is 75 ohms, SWR on the line will be 75/35 or 2.14 : 1.
> Yes, of course, but switch over to a 50 ohm reference and then
> mover your 50 ohm VSWR meter along the length of the line.
> At 1/4 wavelength from the 35 ohm load, the 50 ohm VSWR will
> be 160/50 = 3.2:1. Move another 1/4 wavelength (total 1/2 wavelength)
> from the load and the 50 ohm VSWR will be 50/35 = 1:43:1 VSWR.
The SWR on the 75 ohm line is ALWAYS the same except for
Of course we could introduce a measurement error, by using a
meter or system set to look for 50 ohms. In that case it would look
like the SWR was changing although it was not really changing.
SWR by *definition* is the ratio of amplitude of a standing wave at
a node compared to the amplitude at an anti-node. Impedance is
not in the definition.
None of that matters, even if we simply toss out or misuse the
definition of SWR or use incorrect measurement techniques,
because this is a 50 ohm system throughout.
73, Tom W8JI
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