Back in late 70s. Had a 204BA on the top of my tower stack at my contest
station in downtown Redding, CA -- `twas a dark and stormy night, and was
CQWW--phone methinks -- when 20M went dead .. too dead. Nevertheless, I
clumb the tower and the mast (over the 15M & 10M Long Johns' booms) and
disentwined that the beta match had broken in two ... I did not want to go
down and up and down the tower again, as the band was HOT right then! So ..
with tools I had with me and what I had in a bucket on a string at the tower
base, I took the match off, and connected the coax DIRECT to the beam. I
convinced myself that there was a little skewing of the signal as a result,
but not sure ... it just worky worky fine .. and, I never replaced it, and
in subsequent installations of that antenna I never "fixed" it... because
the beam played just fine. That was the year I set SV records for phone &
CW...short-lived as those records were.. HIHI. 73 Mark AA6DX
ps .. now have a quite puny signal from my small backyard setup in downtown
Eureka, CA -- though I do have an A3S on an Aluma Tower, until the Gestapo
gets to me!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark, K5ER" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 3:17 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] 204BA matching question
> Hi Gang,
> Finally about done with the tower and starting to assemble the
> various antenna. For 20 meters, I'll have a pair of 44' boom OWA's.
> I needed a smaller "mult" antenna, to keep from constantly having to swing
> the big ones. I had picked up a "nearly new" Hy-Gain 204BA earlier this
> year. Although it was still partially assembled, it really was still shiny
> and looked to be in great shape. I d/l the manual off the manufacturer's
> website, and other than having the old compression clamps, everything is
> exactly like the manual...EXCEPT...the beta match is totally different.
> This one has the beta off a current 203BA.
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