On 12/25/2011 4:10 PM, Jim Brown wrote:
> On 12/24/2011 10:07 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>> The measured impedance will change depending on the length of the coax. It
>> should match the antenna feedpoint impedance at 1/2 wavelength multiples.
>> The SWR should not change with coax length, except for the change due to
> "except for the change due to loss can be a VERY important qualifier."
> I recently used N6BV's TLW software (free with the ARRL Antenna Book) to
> do the math for 4.5 wavelengths at 21 MHz for some 75 ohm line I was
> using. 50 ohms at the antenna looks like 55 ohms at the transmitter end
> of the line, due to the line loss.
Unless I'm missing something line loss always makes the SWR appear
*less*. Line length can bring up nulls and nodes when the antenna is
reactive. If the antenna is 50 ohms X= 0 then regardless of line length
the it should show 50 ohms at any length. Only with a reactive load
should a line make the impedance different at the source. One way of
checking coax is the SWR, but not in the conventional sense. If the SWR
gets *better* over time you know the coax is deteriorating.
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