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
picture, 1000 words, and all that..
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