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Re: [TowerTalk] The Antenna System

To: "'Ward Silver'" <>, "'Towertalk Reflector'" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] The Antenna System
From: "Wes Attaway \(N5WA\)" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2012 14:04:55 -0500
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I hereby nominate Ward Silver to be the official "graphic artist" for Tower

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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Ward Silver
Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2012 10:13 AM
To: Towertalk Reflector
Subject: [TowerTalk] The Antenna System

I'm really enjoying the multiple threads and discussions that started with
baluns and have come around to an analysis of the entire antenna system. 

That changing just one element of the entire system in isolation is
unrealistic is a key point that most hams do not appreciate - indeed, they
rarely hear that point of view.  They learn about antennas as one
independent thing, feed lines are another thing, baluns a third thing, and
so forth.  Thus, they tend to analyze and troubleshoot and modify assuming
changes "here" don't affect behavior "there".  Since changing almost any
part of the system affects the entire system, the results are wildly
inconsistent and often mystifying - as noted by Ian and others.  At any
rate, the discussions have provided numerous examples to use in explaining
antenna system behavior to our clubs and fellow hams (and in my case,
readers) - thanks.

Also, it would greatly facilitate the discussion were we to be able to
include drawings - I noticed several misunderstandings that would not have
occured if the text was accompanied by graphics.  I can tell that many
writing hours have been consumed trying to write clearly in a pure text

73, Ward N0AX

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