Empirical evidence to confirm your analysis: When I replaced my plumber's
delight TB with a 20/40 dual monobander with elements insulated from the boom,
my 1/4 wave 80m sloper went from very satisfying to essentially non-functional.
Lots more metal was up there, but it wasn't at ground. Of course, my 20/40
results improved dramatically!
"Rajiv Dewan, N2RD" wrote:
> I just did some quick modeling on Eznec using a 6m 30' boom yagi model I
> Case 1: Only mast (tower) 45' tall, 4" dia over perfect ground, 3.65MHz
> Source impedance 13.3 - 146j ohms, SWR (50ohms) 36
> Case 2: Mast with a 30' boom 6m yagi just above it, NOT touching
> source impedance14 - 137j ohms, SWR 31
> Max current in boom 0.03A (for 1A feed feed current)
> Case 3: Boom connected to mast, not insulated
> source impedance 30 + 5j ohms, SWR 1.7
> Max current in boom 0.3A (for 1A feed feed current)
> My bottom line - No connection - No good. There is some effect if the
> antenna is insulated but not much.
> Perhaps you could put in a relay to short the boom to tower/mast when
> Rajiv, N2RD
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> > I have a tower mounted half-sloper, with an log periodic
> > on top of the tower. Problem is, the log is completely
> > insulated from the mast on the tower. Does it still work
> > as a top hat to the tower for the sloper to work against?
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