> In a message dated 2/12/2010 1:48:14 AM Greenwich Standard Time,
> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> But, to the average ham with small
> antennas and small pockets, it just isn't going to matter.
> Small antennas and small pockets are not the point. It doesn't take big
> pockets to get that 3 dB, nor does it take big antennas. A little digging
> around for surplus stuff can get you the three dB. Check around for short
> lengths of 7/8 hardline.
26-27 years ago I was given a whole spool of 7/8" had line (75 ohm).
It's good stuff, low loss, and connectors can be made cheaply. It took
360 some feet (IIRC) of the stuff to get to the tower on top of the
hill. Two runs. One for the tribander and one for 2-meters.(pair of 14L
KLMs). Last night I was checking out the center fed, half wave,sloping
dipoles. The 75 meter one is 73 ohms and X = 18 ohms. The 40 meter
one I checked was 46 ohms and X = 20. I just put a new connector on the
second 40 meter sloper and have not had the chance to check it yet.
> Many can be had for a fraction of the cost of
Or free. BTW I gave away a bunch (over 1000 feet) of 9913 and threw out
another 500 to 1000 feet.
> It takes a little searching, but for guys like you with small pockets,
> that 3 dB can be gotten rather cheaply.
> Lots of 75 ohm hardline is available for free for the resourceful guys.
> Being on limited budget doesn't mean you have to have a limited signal.
> I am constantly amazed that guys will spend 1K, 2K or more for a radio and
> then cheap out on the coax.
Or any other part of the station. But sometimes it comes down to
priorities. I won't spend $60 for connectors on the LMR-600, but I would
and have for 7/8" heliax. OTOH I make sure the less expensive
connectors are good quality. I've found stuff that has slipped through
QC from many reputable, brand name outfits and I've found good quality
connectors that were relatively inexpensive.
> 73 Bill KH7XS
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