That's true to a point. I have used efficient homebrew antenna tuners
my entire ham radio life and wouldn't be without one. But you can get
some REALLY ugly radiation patterns from trying to use the same antenna
on several bands. The antenna may tune fine and still not be putting
your RF even close to where you want it to go. I always tried to stay
reasonably close to a half wavelength ... for example, using a 50 foot
dipole for both 20m and 40m still gives a fairly clean pattern on both
Donald Chester wrote:
> The best way to solve the problem once and for all is to feed the dipole
> with open wire tuned feeders, using a balanced, link-coupled antenna tuner.
> That way you can instantly change the resonant frequency of the antenna to
> any spot in the band from the comfort of the operating position. And one
> dipole can cover multiple bands without traps or other jury-rigging.
> Don, k4kyv
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