[RFI] Anyone correlated feedline common mode current levels with RFI / noise received?
jwin95 at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 7 15:45:25 EST 2018
I didn't see my favorite.
The 1:1 Flux coupled transformer.
I use these as "ground-breakers" in the shack on the end of a long coax cable to a low-gain rx-only antenna.
This style was particularly effective a few years back on the 630m band.
de Jim WB5WPA
From: Alan Higbie <alan.higbie at gmail.com>
To: Rfi List <rfi at contesting.com>
Sent: Friday, December 7, 2018 2:11 PM
Subject: [RFI] Anyone correlated feedline common mode current levels with RFI / noise received?
I know that we can minimize RFI / noise pickup by minimizing the common
mode currents on our feed lines. And, that we want the choke to reduce
common mode current to near zero.
I have seen ***different types*** of common mode current chokes:
-- ferrite bead balun (e.g. W2DU, W0IYH)
-- wound-coax ferrite chokes (e.g. K9YC)
-- broadband 1:1 current baluns (Balun Designs)
-- binocular core coax common-mode chokes (e.g. W1HIS)
There are also suggestions of ***where*** along the feed line baluns should
-- at the antenna feedpoint
-- at the amplifier output
-- an "at least one other in-between." (W1HIS)
There are RF current probes used for measuring common mode currents.
+++ How do we, as a practical matter, measure common mode currents to
confirm that what we are doing is effective?
+++ Is there more than one method for measuring common mode currents, i.e.
on the actual antennas we use?
+++ Has anyone measured feed line common mode current before and after
inserting balun? what results?
+++ for placing common-mode baluns "in-between" antenna feed point and
amplifier output - - is there an empirical method for determining where
this should be? (assume a mono band antenna)
+++ And, most importantly, has anyone correlated common mode current levels
with the noise floor levels, etc.? (e.g. A-B testing)
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