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Re: [TowerTalk] Shunt Feed Woes

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Shunt Feed Woes
From: "Dave Hachadorian" <>
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Date: Sat, 7 Dec 2019 14:13:16 -0700
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Let's discuss these shunt chokes a bit.

I am feeding my tower on 80 and 160 with a half-sloper fed near the top of
the tower.  The sloper length is changed with a vacuum relay to cover both
bands.  SWR is pretty good.

Up on the tower is an old KLM KT-34XA, with a Cushcraft 40-2 CD 6 feet above
that.  All of the elements on those antennas are insulated, except for the
reflector of the 40-2CD.  So I guess I should be grounding the parasitic
elements of the KT-34XA, and adding shunt chokes to the driven elements of
both antennas to improve efficiency on 80 and 160?

So for the 40 meter driven element, I guess I need chokes on both sides of
the split driven element.  The choke impedance needs to be low on 80 and
160, but fairly high on 40 so SWR doesn't get affected on 40.  The N9NB
article in this May's QST doesn't go into any detail on those shunt chokes.
What kind of chokes are people using on 40 and with tribanders?

Dave Hachadorian, K6LL
Yuma, AZ

-----Original Message----- From: K9MA
Sent: Saturday, December 7, 2019 12:40 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Shunt Feed Woes

I'm further convinced of the need for shunt chokes on ungrounded driven
elements on shunt fed towers. See the recent QST article by N9NB.
Hopefully, this will be of use to someone else. It may even save someone
having to climb a tower in December.

My 70 foot tower has a D40 dipole at 75 feet, a JK Mid-Tri at 70 feet,
and an A3 at 50 feet fixed SE. Last night in the ARRL 160 contest, I
discovered that after a long run, the SWR of my 160 shunt feed shot up,
as if something were heating. Nothing was warm in the tuner box, so it
had to be something on the tower. (I did try it with a second
amplifier!) Both the upper tribander and the D40 have those shunt
chokes, but the lower A3 tribander, at 50 feet does not. That one is
presently waterlogged or ice-bound, so it's almost 5:1 on 20. However, I
discovered that right after the shunt feed failed, the A3 SWR went DOWN,
then quickly rose again as something cooled off. It must be the balun on
that antenna. I never had that problem before, but that was when all the
TH7 elements were connected to the boom, so the tower has less top
loading above now. In any case, disconnecting the A3 feedline at the
tower base helped: it took longer to overheat the balun, so I can
probably get away with that tonight. I wonder, though, how much of my RF
is going into heating that balun! I guess it's time to build another
shunt choke, and hope for a mild day to climb up there.


Scott K9MA

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