Ian- you have (mostly) fit into my own feelings about the use of the
name"Zepp". As I exsplained to another Ham, I have received about five
conflicting definitions. Of all the posts I have received, yours makes
the most sense.
Ian White G/GM3SEK wrote:
>Tom Osborne wrote:
>>The most common is probably 'center fed zepp.' Other names include
>>the 'tuned doublet' and 'dipole with tuned feeders.'"
>That's about normal: given a choice of three names for something, radio
>amateurs will ALWAYS choose the one that creates the most confusion.
>The original zeppelin antenna was intended to be trailed behind an
>airship, so it was definitively END-fed. More specifically, it was a
>half wave, end-fed through a quarter-wave of twin open-wire to keep high
>RF voltages away from all that hydrogen. In other words, it was a
>Earthbound hams and others adapted this idea to make a horizontal
>antenna which was end-fed with mostly vertical open-wire... and OK, that
>is still recognizably a zepp. But then somebody tied a second wire to
>the open end of the feedline, and called it a "double zepp". Since this
>is the most confusing and inappropriate name imaginable, it's the one
>that hams have insisted on using ever since.
>Let's get back to basics here: you're not using a zeppelin antenna
>unless your ham station (a) can fly, and (b) can go up in a fireball.
>That should narrow it down.
Bill Aycock W4BSG
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