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From: "Jim Miller Waco Texas WB5OXQ" <>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2012 21:39:32 -0600
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Thanks for the opinions so far.  Currently I have a separate dipole for 75 and 
40 meters.  Both center insulators are on a bracket 52' above ground and on the 
same tower with the tv and fm broadcast antenna.  the tower base is also right 
behind the entertainment center in the living room.  I believe this is too 
close to the antennas and equipment.  When operating on 75 AM last year 
rf got into the speaker wires on the surround sound system and blew the outputs 
on a 1800.00 receiver.  I also tried a twin sloper connected to another 50' 
tower and burned out the rotator control box and a 400.00 shortwave receiver in 
the bedroom.  Therefore I must get the low band dipoles away from the house.  I 
was running 800 watts on 20 today on the beam and nothing bad happens so the 
dipole location must be the problem.  If I can get 1 decent if not perfect 
antenna that will work on 75 and 40 I will be in good shape.  I can do the 130' 
dipole and get the antenna a good 20' away from the
  house just over the middle of the back yard. My lot os 135' wide across the 
back.   I have tried verticals in the past and did not like the results.  They 
seem much nosier that dipoles to me.  I used to have a Carolina windom 80-10 
but I did not have a good tuner at the time and the built in tuner in the 
TS-2000 would not tune it very well.  A good friend NU5D recommended a balanced 
line fed dipole so I thought if others have had luck with one I would try one.  
I am still curious why 130' but I have heard that length several times and I 
believe it is in the ARRL handbook.

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