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Re: [TowerTalk] Dipole fed with balanced line?

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Dipole fed with balanced line?
From: Hank Garretson <>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 10:07:48 -0800
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1. If the antenna is to be used for multiple bands, keep  it nonresonant to
> avoid feed point impedance extremes.

If "feed-point impedance" means the impedance at the center of the dipole
with open-wire feedline, it doesn't matter--it's only part of the equation.
What does matter is the impedance at the shack end of the feedline. The
impedance at shack is a function of dipole length, feedline length, and
feedline characteristics.

To avoid impedance extremes and to get easily-matched impedance at the
shack (for a dipole with open-wire feedline) make the length of one leg of
the dipole plus the length of the feedline an odd multiple of a quarter
wavelength at the frequency (frequencies) of interest. Not always easy for
a multi-band antenna. Life and ham radio require compromises.

For instance, on forty meters, an eighty meter dipole has an impedance
extreme at the center feedpoint. A quarter-wave length (at 7 MHz) of
feedline will transform that extreme impedance to a reasonable value at the

Ski Exuberantly,

Hank, W6SX

Mammoth Lakes, California

Elevation 8083 feet in John Muir's Range of Light

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