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[Towertalk] Cushcraft melted Balun

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Subject: [Towertalk] Cushcraft melted Balun
From: (Jim White)
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 18:47:28 -0400
Hence why I feel a helluva lot better with a good olde fashioned roll of
wound up coax, my 3 stack on 20 uses that and am probably going that route
on 40 meters next....we have had one 40-2CD up in the air for almost a
decade now with a wound up coax balun - still making QSOs faithfully!


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From: "VE6WZ" <>
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Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2002 4:48 PM
Subject: [Towertalk] Cushcraft melted Balun

> The Balun on my XM-240, 2 el 40m Yagi has been severely overheating.  This
> is the Cushcraft MNXM 1:1 balun which is a stack of three, 1.5" torroids
> wound with about 6 turns of teflon coax.  The plastic box has melted and
> outer jacket on the Teflon coax has cracked in numerous places. I have
> posted a few pictures here:
> I can't imagine that this heating is from 40m current on the shield.
> My conclusion is that shunt feeding the tower on 160m has caused the
> problem.  The XM-240 split driver is insulated from the boom of coarse,
> the yagi wants to be part of the action on 160 : )).
> I recall a post recently about the need to ground insulated yagi elements
> shunt fed towers......maybe this is another reason.  My tower loaded fine
> 160, so I assumed there was sufficient capacitive coupling to the 40m
> yagi......I wonder how many 160m QSO's I've missed because of heating up
> that balun  ; )
> A new 4" air core balun will replace the CC unit.
> Maybe something for others to check this summer while you are up the
> de steve VE6WZ.
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