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Re: [TowerTalk] Resonant boom

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Resonant boom
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Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2010 23:28:47 -0400
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I was not suggesting to insulate the boom from the mast.   My suggestion was 
to install insulating sections on the boom so you electrically have two or 
three boom sections or perhaps to use fiberglass boom material for the end 
elements and a shorter aluminum boom in the center.

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Resonant boom
From: "Jim Thomson" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2010 19:22:10 -0700
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Insulating his 65'  boom from the tower will accomplish nothing.  What's to
avoided is floating 1/2 waves.....and  grnded 1/4 waves.    Right now, his 
boom consists
of   2 x grounded  1/4 waves.... back to back.  You only need  ONE  1/4 wave
grnded portion
to screw up a 40m ant...and he has 2 of em.   See my previous post.   His 
will  have to be
de-tuned  by one of the methods that folks have described.

Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2010 11:03:25 -0400
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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Resonant boom

That interaction is incredible since the beams are 186' apart.   I don't
recall my 60' boom yagis causing a 40m problem at my previous QTH with 20'
spacing and I'm not sure yet if it's a problem at my new home with 75'
spacing since the 40m beams are not yet connected.  I have modeled adding
other antennas to my tower and saw  boom interaction.  I considered
insulating the boom, but I have not tried this method.   Certainly grounding
the reflector and last element would change the boom resonance, but not sure
how feasible that is since the 20m beam is installed or if it would help.  A
temporary fix is to use Green Heron controllers and link the two antennas
together to ensure that they are pointing in the same direction when on 40m.

John KK9A / P40A


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