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[TowerTalk] dipole driven element, vs matching networks

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Subject: [TowerTalk] dipole driven element, vs matching networks
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Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 19:54:05 EDT
In a message dated 10/12/01 7:54:26 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

 Why do certain yagis used an insulated dipole (TA33) as the driven element,
 others feed through some sort of matching (gamma, hairpin, etc)?
 What are the different mechanical issues that force the use of each?
The main reason is to get R's close to 50 for a direct match with coax with 
no balun.  The coax shield has RF spill over and excites the tower also 
vertically polarized which ups sets F/B.  To get a reasonable match the 
parasitic elements are detuned from max gain and even past best F/B.  So you 
have a very low gain beam with fair bandwidth at a low cost.  

In actuality using a balun on the coax, the TA33 will do a fair job at about 
40' only because the vertical pattern is very very broad and almost 
completely fills the high angle reflection factors and will do a fair job 
stateside even at the lower gain.  Any TA33 will need a complete overhaul 
before installing and that is a job.  There is a way to Grid Dip the coils 
but you need to know what frequency they need to be resonant and how to do 
it.  There are no replacement parts as far as I know.

I'd retire it and look at the M2, Raibeam and Antenna Mart Quads.  You will 
set your Ham Radio back if you install the TA33 again.  I've checked out many 
of them.  Start with a 2 element at 40'.  Small rotators can be used and 
light towers.  It's a great investment and all joints will be new and clean.  

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