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Re: [TowerTalk] Link Antenna Tuner

To: "Dennis A. Homerick" <>,Chuck Pool <>,
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Link Antenna Tuner
From: Peter Chadwick <>
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2007 07:06:46 +0200 (CEST)
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An old 'rule of thumb'  for link coupled tuners is the coil should tune with 
about 1 pF of capacity for every metre of wavelength. This gives the ability to 
get up to about 5000 ohms with a reasonable working Q. For wire size, I'd use 
the numbers from the tables in the older ARRL handbooks, but I get away with 
about 12AWG - but I don't run 1500 watts. The link coil feed from the 
transmitter should be big enough to handle around 5 to 6 amps of RF at full 
legal power, which suggests about 10AWG on the LF bands, and 8 AWG on the 
higher bands, or similar size tube. But you'll get away with a bit less if 
you're not running full pwoer RTTY or SSTV or similar.
I find that too small a link winding  is a problem, and I'd use more turns than 
you'd guess, with a series tuning capacitor. Too big, and you get otehr 
problems like the series cap flashes over!  I use enough link to series 
resonate with 1000pF on 80, 500pF on 40 (same size link in my case) and 500pF 
on 30, with 750volt rated caps for series tuning.
Hope this helps.
Peter G3RZP

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