I would use a Antenna Analyzer in place of the radio to tune it the first time.
Then write down the settings. If the settings are very narrow, they will be
hard to find using the radio, but a lot easier with the Analyzer, because you
can start to see the meter dip and slow down spinning the knob.
After you find the settings with the analyzer, perhaps you may find the antenna
needs to be shorter or longer.
Everyone should have a analyzer or have a friend who has one.
--- On Sat, 11/15/08, k2vi <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> From: k2vi <email@example.com>
> Subject: [TowerTalk] bIG ANTENNA PROBLEM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Saturday, November 15, 2008, 3:37 PM
> Can somone help me out, i have a 450 ohm ladder line dipole
> i made. both sides are exactaly 123 feet and the 450 ohm
> line is 47 feet to the atr-30 to the balance terminals. the
> ladder line is away from any metal objects, its a foot away
> from the gutter with a stand off. I can not tune this
> antenna what so ever. it doesnt even move, its fixed at past
> 6:1 swr. What am i missing here. I am so upset as i put a
> lot of effort into the errecting and construction, can
> someone shed some light. I even tried a 4:1 balun with no
> sucess. any help would be greatly apreciated, thanks guys.
> tony k2vi
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