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Re: [TowerTalk] Shunt Feed Woes

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Shunt Feed Woes
From: "Doug Renwick" <>
Date: Sun, 8 Dec 2019 16:57:28 -0600
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Yes we should all try to make a better product. But sometimes good enough is
just good enough.

The oxygen tank failed on Apollo 13. Does that make the rest of the space
craft junk?

Until you have actually tested each one of Balun Designs products it is all
speculation. Test them all and then tell us which are good, good enough or


Operating real ham radio. Contacts are made without WebSDR or RHR or FT8.

-----Original Message-----
From: TowerTalk [] On Behalf Of Jim
Sent: December-08-19 3:35 PM
To: towertalk reflector
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Shunt Feed Woes

The company's definition of success is that the unit doesn't fail 
destructively -- that is, overheat and destroy itself. Perfect as a 
business philosophy if the only test instrument your customer owns is an 
SWR meter and maybe an antenna analyzer. The problem is that their 
primary effect is to transfer dollars from the buyer to the seller.

I don't sell anything, and have no relationships with anyone who does. 
My own designs, based on extensive research and lab work and published 
for free, are vastly superior to any commercial products I know of and 
easy to build.

73, Jim K9YC

On 12/8/2019 12:50 PM, Doug Renwick wrote:
> I use a quite a number of Balun Design baluns and can find no fault with
> them keeping in mind that I have not evaluated them on the bench.
> A friend of mine replaced a troublesome Maple Leaf design balun on his OCD
> dipole with a Balun Design unit and is pleased with the result.


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