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Re: [TowerTalk] The Antenna System

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] The Antenna System
From: Jim Lux <>
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2012 20:11:10 -0700
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On 4/21/12 8:12 AM, Ward Silver wrote:
> 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 
> environment!
picture, 1000 words, and all that..

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