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Re: Topband: Disappearing toroid

To: Jon Zaimes AA1K <>
Subject: Re: Topband: Disappearing toroid
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 14:15:53 +0000 (UTC)
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Was the balun core exposed to the weather? If so, maybe it got wet and absorbed 
some moisture. The water froze and the core expanded and cracked.
Just a thought.

Mike N2MS

----- Original Message -----

From: Jon Zaimes AA1K 

To: Topband 

Sent: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 01:24:01 +0000 (UTC)

Subject: Topband: Disappearing toroid

With the new season starting to get into swing, I discovered a few days 

ago that my phased JA Beverages (each 935 feet long, spaced 175 feet 

broadside) were not functioning. Since a JA was hearing me today, but I 

couldn't hear him, I figured it was time to get things working.

When I walked the wires this morning I discovered that a tree had busted 

one wire about halfway along its length. The feedpoint transformer on 

the one element looked fine (which happened to be the one with the 

busted wire). The terminations on both looked fine.

But the feedpoint on the other was perplexing. The insulated coil wires 

were still in place, looped just as I had wound them on the BN-202 

binocular core several years ago. But the core itself was gone! I 

scoured the ground below but could find no pieces of the ferrite -- 

though since this is in a woods they may have been buried by pine 

needles and leaves.

While I thought a lightning strike might have vaporized the core, I 

would have expected there to also be damage to the wires. But there is 

no evidence of this -- the insulation appears undamaged, no blackness or 

other sign of being "cooked."  I did have some minor lightning damage in 

the shack a few months ago -- the first in nearly 12 years at this QTH.

So I'm wondering if any others have had this experience with a BN-202?
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