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Re: [TowerTalk] 80m dipole with open-sleeve parasitic

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] 80m dipole with open-sleeve parasitic
From: "Rick Karlquist" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2011 13:55:06 -0800
List-post: <">> wrote:
> If you're saying a single wire with LC match can have same bandwidth and
> lower loss, I guess I find that hard to believe?

That is not apples vs apples.

If you make the antenna out of two wires, but simply tie
them together to make a "fatter wire", then the LC network
wins.  It might still win with a single wire, because the
fatter wire doesn't help the bandwidth all that much.

The reason why a lumped element network is more broadband
that any sort of distributed structure is that the inductance
or capacitance of a distributed structure increases with frequency,
which decreases the bandwidth.  The inductance or capacitance
of a lumped element is constant, by definition.

> Am I missing a loss calculation in open sleeve designs?

Open sleeves, like linear loading, are not lossless, or even
necessarily less lossy than good lumped elements.  There is a
lot more lossy wire in a parasitic element than in a coil.

> -kevin
> ad6z


QST Oct 1986 P27
QST Jun 1985 P42
QST Jul 1984 P45
QST Apr 1983 P22

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Rick N6RK


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