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Re: [TowerTalk] Balun Recommendation

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Balun Recommendation
From: Michael Tope <>
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 08:27:52 -0700
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I purchased a balun designs 12.5 to 50 ohm Unun a few months ago for my 
top-loaded 160 meter vertical. I was a little skeptical that they might 
be selling miniature space heaters, but I wanted something fast. As it 
turns out it worked as advertised. I ran 1KW CW into it for about 30 
seconds and then ran outside and felt the core. It was just ever so 
slightly warmer than the outside air which satisfied me that the loss 
was very low and that running it with the lid on (its in a small Cantex 
NEMA box) wasn't going to be a risk.  I can't speak for the efficacy or 
reliability of their baluns as I have no experience with them. I have no 
business relationship Balun Designs except for being a so far satisfied 

73, Mike W4EF.........

On 4/12/2012 7:44 PM, Dan Hearn wrote:
> I have built and measured many of Jims line chokes. I  like those wound on
> the 2.4 cores with small Teflon wire like RG142. This will handle
> considerably more power than the legal limit easily and you can get more
> turns on the cores than with the larger coax.  The cheapest place I found
> to get the coax is RF Parts. They had surplus made up cables with N
> connectors cheaper than the bare coax anywhere I could find. I cut off the
> connectors if necessary to get the shorter pieces of cable I need.I don't
> know if this is still available.
>    If you would rather buy the chokes complete in weather tight boxes they
> are sold by Balun Designs. He has nice pictures on his web page of the
> various ones he offers. I do not know the guy but assume he is reliable
> .
> On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM, Jim Brown<>wrote:
>> On 4/12/2012 4:43 PM, K8RI wrote:
>>> Look up Jim Brown's RFI tutorial.
>> 73, Jim K9YC
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