Wow, I didn't realize this was such a hot topic!
My interest is driven by a recent practical problem. I was helping a
friend with a new 80m 4-square. He had done a wonderful job mechanically.
The array was very symmetrical and looked great. I then proceeded to do the
standard measurements: i.e. element self impedances, coupling impedances,
etc. It soon became very clear that while the array as mechanically
symmetrical it was very asymmetric electrically. The readings were really
crazy! It was obvious that one or more of the not too distant towers was
interacting strongly with the array. The whole project came to a screeching
halt until we could sort out which tower(s) was the culprit(s) and then
properly detune it. I should have checked each of the towers ahead of time,
identified a possible bad actor and fixed the problem in advance so that the
array tuning could have proceeded without interruption. I should have known
better but I've learned my lesson this time.
I'll be happy to share my technique but I think it would be best if I wrote
up a short description along with a couple of photos of the arrangements and
also a graph or two of actual results. Give me a couple of days and I'll
post this on my web site and give the reflector a heads-up when it's there.
Thanks for your comments and help. Several knowledgeable people have been
pointed out to me and I'll be contacting them. Towers with a bunch of
stacked Yagis on ring rotors make some of the standard detuning techniques
Again, Thanks and 73, Rudy N6LF
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