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Re: [TowerTalk] 160m Shunt Fed Tower

To: Kelley <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] 160m Shunt Fed Tower
From: Stan Stockton <>
Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2011 17:28:07 -0500
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Use an Omega Match.  You will  need two variable capacitors - one in  
series between center conductor of feedline and the shunt feed wire  
and another between the shunt feed wire and ground.

Stan, K5GO

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On Oct 8, 2011, at 3:47 PM, Kelley <> wrote:

> I have a 48 foot free standing tower. At the top is a Cushcraft A3S
> 3-element tri-bander with the 40m add-on kit. About 5 feet above  
> that is
> a 3-element 6m beam. About 2 feet above that is a 2m/440 vertical.  
> Also
> at the top of the tower about 1 foot out is the apex of a 80m  
> inverted V.
> On the opposite side of the tower from the 80m inverted V is my shunt
> wire. It is attached at the top of the tower and runs the entire  
> height
> of the tower. It is about 18 inches away from the tower. It is a  
> single
> 14 gauge stranded wire.
> There are 46 65' radials at the base of the tower spread out over 180
> degrees from north thru east to south. The area to the west of the  
> tower
> is blocked by the house so I can't put radials there.
> I have been unable to get any kind of reasonable match on this setup.
> I've tried a variety of variable capacitors and coils in various
> configurations with no luck.
> Connecting my MFJ-259B to the shunt wire and ground and adjusting  
> for 50
> ohms of resistance, I get a frequency of 9.145 MHz, R=50, X=46, and  
> = 2.2.
> Setting the frequency to 1.8 MHz, I get a R=0 (it seems to stay at  
> zero
> no matter what frequency I set it at until I get close to 9.145 MHz),
> X=637, and SWR = >25.
> To be honest, I don't really know what these numbers are telling me.  
> The
> folks who taught me to build antennas only looked at SWR. Low SWR good
> to go. None of this R and X stuff. I suppose with dipoles one might  
> get
> away with this, but this antenna seems to be a different game.
> I'm looking for some ideas on what direction to head. I'm open for any
> suggestions. Is the wire too close to the tower? Too far away? Do I  
> need
> more wires? Is this tower configuration just not suitable for a shunt
> fed antenna? What additional data might you need to determine what's
> going on here?
> Thanks for any input you might have,
> -- Kelley - WØRK
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