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Re: [TowerTalk] Vertcal Dipole

To: K0PYK <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Vertcal Dipole
From: "Tower (K8RI)" <>
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 13:05:34 -0400
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K0PYK wrote:

Tower Talk'ers,
Has any made a vertical dipole (lets say for 20
meters) where it is end fed with coax. I will try and
explain my thoughts;

Yes, but it was quite some time ago. When using the braid for the bottom half they make a very good portable antenna that can be hung from a tree branch.

* top half of radiator, i.e., 1/2 of dipole is a
single 14 guage wire.
* bottom half of dipole would be coax...the center
conductor would feed the top half inside the braid.
* the bottom half of vertical dipole would be the
outside braid of the coax.

I'm hearing your question a bit different than others.

This sounds like a center fed half wave with the feed coming up through the bottom half of the dipole. A common way of building one of these for higher frequencies is to strip the jacket back far enough that a 1/4 wave length of braid can be pulled back over the jacket. You have to strip the jacket back quite a bit more than a quarter wave as the braid gets a lot shorter when expanded. This also forms an open 1/4 wave stub where the coax comes out. I've never seen any decoupling used due to the configuration. Think of an Isopole (TM), but used at 20 meters and the the shield takes the place of the top cone.

* the bottom half of the dipole would be fed from the
bottom and end where the top half starts.
* a decoupling device may be needed at the bottom of
the dipole...1-1 balun???.
* I realize that normally dipoles are fed in the

As is this one. It's just the coax doesn't come in from the side, but rather up through the bottom 1/4 wave.

* A person could use some type of tubing for the
bottom half and still feed it in the center, but I was
looking for something that would be portable and you
could just hang up vertically or horizontally.

These used to be listed in the ARRL Handbook and the antenna hand book, but I don't find on in either of the latest ones. I haven't searched the older handbooks yet.

Good Luck,

I look forward to your thoughts.
Thanks in advance,
Tom, K0PYK

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