Topband: Dipole and Ladder Line

Thomas Giella
Mon, 13 Nov 2000 18:44:50 -0500 (EST)

Bill Asked:
  Can anyone tell me if the 70 ft. vertical length of ladder line that
feeds my 160 meter dipole contributes anything to my reception of

  Thomas KN4LF Says:
  Balanced line is never truly balanced, so yes it does radiate. You
might want to consider tying the rig side of the feedline together for a
T antenna, a better antenna for DX on 160 meters. Add 58' to the
feedline and you will have a voltage fed T, with the highest current
point near the flat top, with something close to vertical polarization.

Take Care,

Thomas F. Giella

FAQ on WWW:     
Administrative requests: