Just now, I was fiddling with my homebrew 80m array switchbox. I have
only two dipoles on it at the moment, both reasonably well matched.
Accidentally I switched to one of the unterminated positions, and got an
SWR on the order of 4.5:1 (feeding the dipole switchbox through my
Ameritron RCS-10. By comparison, if I disconnect the feedline inside
the shack, the SWR is in excess of 25:1, and if I switch the RCS-10 to
an unused position, I get 4.5:1.
Is there even an approximate relationship between these various SWR
numbers and the degree of isolation afforded by the two switchboxes?
And probably an even dumber question. If you have two devices in line
and each has (say) 30 dB isolation between a line in use and an unused
one, both of which pass through them both, is the resulting isolation 27
Db? Some other number?
Be gentle - I was a liberal arts major.
73, Pete N4ZR
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