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Re: [TowerTalk] Flaky dipole

To: "'Timothy Holmes'" <>, <>, "'Tower Talk'" <>, "''" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Flaky dipole
From: "Wes Attaway \(N5WA\)" <>
Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2016 08:33:43 -0500
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It sounds like a connection is loose somewhere along the line.  You probably
need to "wiggle" some things to see if you can cause a reproduction of the

Wes Attaway (N5WA)
(318) 393-3289 - Shreveport, LA
Computer/Cellphone Forensics
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Timothy Holmes
Sent: Monday, August 01, 2016 7:34 AM
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Subject: [TowerTalk] Flaky dipole

Hi folks. Sending this to multiple groups to gain expertise.

My primary dipole is acting strange.  Its 135 feet of wire up 40 feet.  Fed
with ladderline. As I am transmitting I noticevthe swr going from low to
high suddenly for a few seconds and then back.  Initially I thought it was
my auto tuner showing damage, butvI put an MFJ manual tuner in place and I
can clearly see it happening on the meter.  I dont think it is wind moving
the wire, as it was calm when it was happening.  The feed goes from the
rig, through the antenna switch to the tuner, then out the window via a
bulkhead connector and to the 4:1 balun via a 2 foot coax, and then to the

Any ideas on where to look for issues, and or testing methods?


Tim Holmes - W8TAH
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