Thanks to all and especially Gene/k5gs and Don/n8de for your thoughts. Crawled
up there again this afternoon... pulled the balun out of the circuit and did
some continuity checks and all looked well... then attached the antenna
analyzer directly to the feed to see if it would 'act like an antenna' and sure
enough I saw resonance at the appropriate spots... not like it would have been
with a good 4:1 balun but good enuff to see that it worked. So... pulled the
balun off the beam and brought it inside... rigged a little dipole to test
again and same results... also, the balun had a rattle to it so I'm guessing
something got jarred loose on the trip up to the top of the tower.
Just spent the $129 ordering another and will report back when its on the boom
and all is well.
Hot Springs, SD
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