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Re: [TowerTalk] Dipping The Tower

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Dipping The Tower
From: Bill Turner <>
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2006 08:48:53 -0700
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On Sun, 17 Sep 2006 05:44:10 -0700 (PDT), John Cowan <>

>I have installed a shunt wire 16" from my 68' tower. I grounded the shunt wire 
>with the two loops in the wire as is show Low Band Dxing. But, when I attach 
>the dip meter coil to my MFJ-269 and put the dip coil inside the shunt wire 
>coil, I cannot find a "dip" anywhere for the resonant frequency of the tower. 
>I have made the shunt wire loop smaller and adding more turns to the loop. 
>Nothing works.

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The "dip" coil from MFJ is a total waste of time. I have one and found
it to be completely useless. Others have reported the same. Throw it

Either use the MJF as an SWR analyzer (recommended) or get a real dip
meter like a Heathkit, Eico or Millen. A major problem with dipping
antennas is they are very low Q compared to a parallel resonant
circuit, so the dip is broad and shallow and hard to observe.

Bill, W6WRT

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