[Top] [All Lists]

Re: [TowerTalk] Remote Tuner with ZS6BKW or OCF Antenna

To: "" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Remote Tuner with ZS6BKW or OCF Antenna
From: Phil Coley <>
Reply-to: Phil Coley <>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:39:52 +0000 (UTC)
List-post: <">>
As a long time reader of this post, I decided to ask a question in regards to 
putting up a wire antennaat my QTH. Due to health reasons, we gave up our 2 
story house a few years ago and chose a smallsingle level home with some trees. 
At 72 years old and after 2 bouts with cancer, I am no longer ableto think 
about towers and beams after 55+ years of hamming.
Having never tried a G5RV/ZS6BKW or OCF antenna, I did a lot of research and 
reading on the web about these antennas. I know all the "pro & cons" about them 
that has been posted or written about invery informative articles. I have read 
the need of current chokes/isolators and baluns  and know frompersonal 
experience their usefulness. Especially with multiple beams, tower slopers, 
verticals, etc overthe years at my old QTH where I did a lot of DXing on all 
bands. (DXCC total of 374 countries).However, I have never seen anything 
relating to using a "remote" antenna tuner" with these wire antennas. I can get 
the wire up about 60' in the trees but the coax run will be about 150'. That's 
a lot of loss (even withquality coax) with the OCF even with a good SWR (not to 
mention the loss using a ZS6BKW series).So I was thinking of trying a remote 
tuner such as LDG or MFJ (at ground level) between the feed line andthe shack 
in an attempt to reduce losses to my 100 watt rig. Yes, I realize the need of 
the isolators and chokesdue to common mode currents and voltages on the lines 
that help with several things (loss, receive noise, etc) on these antennas. But 
I will no longer be "digging" for those weak DX stations nor running the high 
power. Just a bit of hamming with the wire antenna along with a vertical 
antenna I'm putting up again. Maybe I'll worka bit of DX but no longer my 
After posting my hopeful inquiry on June 26th, I got one view (thanks Jim, 
K9YC) on the matter and a coupleof non related. Looking at the posts lately, I 
see over 40 related to "Slobering  (Soldering) Irons" with a fewrelated to the 
initial post and a lot off the subject matter. Really? I guess soldering irons 
are of more interestthan info relating to remote tuners with unusual antennas?
Well, guess I'm wasting my time here trying to get some legitimate help. I am 
going to "unsubscribe" now andseek help through other areas.
Wish I could say thanks, but I can't! I hope everyone is up to date on 
soldering, tips and soldering stations.
73, Phil K4MPE

TowerTalk mailing list
<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>