[RFI] Auto quieting

Jim Brown jim at audiosystemsgroup.com
Sun Oct 11 12:39:23 EDT 2015

On Sun,10/11/2015 5:51 AM, Howard Lester wrote:
> What am I missing here? Zip line is not coaxial; it is "balanced" line and
> requires a transmatch. With a simple transmatch you get the SWR down to 1:1
> and you're all set.   ?

What you are missing is the fundamental physics of how transmission 
lines work. The SWR is determined by the match between the antenna and 
the line, not between the transmitter and the line. Second, the major 
problem is not mismatch, it is the high loss in zip cord at RF. The 
mismatch adds slightly to that loss.

You are also missing the fact that "balance" in a system is defined by 
equal impedance to the reference plane, usually earth or circuit common. 
Parallel wire line is not "balanced," it simply does not CAUSE 
imbalance. There's nothing inherently bad about imbalance in an 
emergency situation, but burning half you TX power when you're starting 
out with low power CAN be a problem.

I don't object to saying that we CAN use zip cord as an improvised 
feedline. I DO object to calling it a GREAT solution. That part is urban 
myth, and it's wrong.

73, Jim K9YC

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