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[TowerTalk] 160 Meter Bazooka Reprize

Subject: [TowerTalk] 160 Meter Bazooka Reprize
From: Peter Larsen <>
Date: Sun, 01 Aug 2004 17:27:21 -0700
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Well, thanks for all the answers to my query!!

Let's see:

>Why put up an antenna that weighs more than a dipole, is not as
>efficient as a dipole and a dipole will cover the whole band under 2: to 1

I was under the impression that a double bazooka would have a wider
band width.

>remember though it is 72-75 ohm not 50 and it may have
>foil shield instead of copper braid and be hard to work with

I have used the RG-59 that is spec'ed out by the local cable TV
company for construction use (It is supplied by them)
Yes, it is hard to work with, but bin der dun dat.

>Wow, another lightning topic!

No, Tom, no! Please make it stop!!!
(OK, now on to Tom's good comments)

>Seriously, the Bazooka is VERY bad theory

I didn't know this when I started dreaming up my
antenna project.

>we measured it, and we concluded it did nothing at all.
>It had no more bandwidth than a dipole made from thick wire.
>It required a balun just the same as any other dipole.
>It was no quieter.
>It was, as far as I could tell, just a little bit less

Got to love guys who know how to test things and come to
well thought out conclusions.

>You can either connect it like a Bazooka or
>just like a chunk of wire, and it will work the same.

I've got more #12 wire hanging around than I know what
to do with. Humm, maybe I now know what to do with some of it.

>So it may be free, but it may not be of much use in your ham station.
But, free is good!!

So in the end I will be building a wire di-pole with the material at
hand rather than scrounging.

Again, thanks guys.



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