Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 20:04:03 -0500
From: Stan Stockton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [TowerTalk] Resonant boom
Anyone by chance have an easier to accomplish idea other than one I
remember being suggested to someone else with a similar problem -
fishing a wire through a hole near the center of the boom and letting
it hang out the end. I can watch the SWR on my 40 meter antenna go
from 1.2/1 to 2.0/1 just by turning the rotatable 40m Yagi or the 20m
Yagi which is about 175 feet away and 65 feet lower. Boom is 65 feet
and elements are insulated.
Lesson learned on boom lengths...
## the 65' boom is really 2 x 1/4 wave grnded booms....back to back.
And you only require just one side of the boom [32.5'] to screw things
up. OK, what are you using for a truss line on the 20m boom ??
If the 20m truss is steel cable, like ehs/winch cable, and terminates to the
mast, or it's own riser.....then you could install one egg insulator
on at least one of the 2 x truss's... on one side,.. which would
move the resonance point way off. k3LR had a similar problem, and opted
instead to use a garolite insulator on the mast, to terminate all the truss
## either way, if say an egg is used in each half of the truss.... you also
option of bonding the 2 x 'hot sides' [ outboard of each egg].... and make the
into one big delta loop... like a metal coat hangar,which probably won't be
You could also use a single cap /coil instead of bonding as above. You could
place a cap /coil from the hot side of one/both eggs..to the mast.
## Now if ur truss is phillystran, then u really have a problem. IF you
have to pull
down the 20m yagi,[and still want to use philly] one end of the boom could
have a short
ele bonded to the boom, in front of the REF, which would make for a F-12
capacity hat', which will LOWER the resonant freq of the boom. Plan B would
install a single ele into the end of the boom [past the REF].... electrically
the boom,and again lowering the resonance. Plan B would upset the torque
## In any event, you would have to shift the resonance down a whole bunch..so
the 65' long
20m boom.. doesn't screw up the 40m yagi...[ or any other yagi via boom
resonance on it's odd
harmonics 3/5. ]
Later... Jim VE7RF
I would prefer to fix it with the least amount of work. I can
probably do the wire thing on one side but not the other due to an
weight-balance obstruction. Hate to have about 15 feet of wire
hanging out if the back of the boom.
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