[TenTec] It's getting cold. Perfect antenna weather for a OCF dipole

Jim Brown k9yc at audiosystemsgroup.com
Tue Sep 22 17:50:20 EDT 2015

On Tue,9/22/2015 2:05 PM, Rick - DJ0IP / NJ0IP wrote:
> I agree that if you are going to run very high power, you should be running
> antennas designed to better cope with that.  The Windom is usually chosen by
> people with limited space, living in congested areas.  It is a compromise
> antenna.  Most of these people do not run such high power.  I certainly
> would not when using an OCFD.

Yes, it's a VERY compromised antenna, primarily because the common mode 
problem makes it noisy on RX. AND a choke at the transmitter end is FAR 
less effective than one at the feedpoint. The virtues of doing both are 
reduced dissipation and the "egg insulator" to prevent the feedline from 
being a parasitic element of a nearby vertical. Remember that when 
Windoms and other OCF dipoles were first the rage, there were no 
switching power supplies, computers, grow lights, plasma TVs, etc. to 
produce RF noise. In those days, mostly we had power line noise and 
leakage from the local oscillator of a TV, and the detected color 

> Cost of Ferrite here in EU is indeed a problem. It's getting better.
> The prices are coming down, especially if you buy in quantities.
> I order my private ferrite together with Spiderbeam when they place larger
> orders.

I continue to be baffled as to why EU hams don't arrange group purchases 
to get quantity discounts, which can be quite substantial. The last 
order for #31 2.4-in o.d. toroids I  put together (a couple of years 
ago) got us a cost, with tax and shipping around $4.

> GM3SEK has suggested another method to save on ferrite cost.  It uses the
> principle that W2VJN described in the 2010 ARRL Handbook.  I don't know if
> there is a special name for this kind of choke.

I looked at the section on chokes in my copy of the 2010 Handbook and 
found nothing credited to George. I saw Ian's chokes using those special 
form oval #43 cores soon after he published them, and agree that they 
are a fine design for the higher HF bands using what Farnell would sell 
him. Indeed, that publication was what motivated me to explore the 
parallel wire transmission line chokes.

Ian divides the hf spectrum up into 3 segments, low bands, mid-range bands,
and high bands.  He uses multiple loops of coax through 2-cores (high bands)
or 3-cores (both other chokes) chunks of ferrite.  These are large and ugly
but cheap; about $3 apiece.

FWIW, I published that multi-range recommendation in the first version 
of RFI-Ham.pdf, I think around 2007.

73, Jim K9YC

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