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Re: [TowerTalk] BN-86 Balun

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] BN-86 Balun
From: "Jim Brown" <>
Date: Thu, 20 May 2010 07:01:58 -0700
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On Wed, 19 May 2010 13:17:43 -0700, Jim Thomson wrote:

>You can`t get water into em.. and you can`t blow them up.   The EB1 and EB2 
>baluns are excellent as well.  

"Excellent" is a wild exageration with respect to these so-called "baluns," 
which are nothing more than simple-minded "string of beads" common mode 
chokes. True that you probably can't blow them up with the illegal power that 
you like to run, but they aren't very effective as common mode chokes either. 
Manufacturer's published data is quite inferior to what any ham can make by 
winding multiple turns of RG8 or RG11 through #31 toroids and they are VERY 
conservatively rated for max legal ham power. Detailed instructions and 
MEASURED data are on my website in

As to "hams are cheap"  -- yes we are, but we are also stupid, buying into 
advertising claims, and buying inferior junk from companies run by salesmen 
that know nothing but advertise in QST for 40 years. The common mode chokes 
described in my tutorial (cited above) are fully documented, and the tutorial 
completely describes how they work. And I'm not selling anything! The cheap 
junk you buy from salesmen like Amidon, Palomar, and their ilk is completely 
undocumented and vastly inferior. They re-sell Fair-Rite parts at huge mark-
ups (4-5X cost), but disguise that fact by creating their own new part 
numbers. That so-called technical data on their websites is next to useless!   


Jim K9YC


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