Topband: base loaded vertical

George (K8GG) & Marijke Guerin gmguerin at
Wed Jun 27 07:33:31 EDT 2007

Roy, K6XK wrote:

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Roy" <royanjoy at>
To: <topband at>
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2007 9:30 AM
Subject: Re: Topband: base loaded vertical

> Concerning,
> "Which has better bandwidth for matching this antenna, an L-L step-up L
> network with two coils that are *not* coupled to each other, or the
> tapped-coil scheme that I used?"
> In general, the fewer components, and the simpler the circuit, the more
> broad the antenna will be. The old motto applies: 'simplicity is 
> ingenuity.'
> 73,   Roy    K6XK

Hi Topbanders,

In this case, I think I have to disagree with Roy.

I was modelling verticals in the 60 - 87 foot height range for a recent 
expedition, and some inverted-L antennas for a ham new to 160 and repeatedly 
I was led to the solution with two separate coils:
The first in series with the feed point of the antenna to eliminate the 
capacitive reactance of the short antenna and
The second across the coaxial cable from center conductor to ground to act 
as "half of a hair pin match" to bring the low antenna impedance up to 50 
It is much easier to not have interactive taps on a single coil. 
Incidentally, on 160 meters, the value of the shunt coil across the coax is 
approximately 2 uHy for most antenna impedance values from 10 - 30 ohms.
Also, Array Solutions makes a tuner for a 60 foot vertical, model AS80 that 
clearly shows the separate match and loading coils on their website:

I have no reports on how well it works, but I guess Jay has done his 
homework and this unit will do its job well.

73 & GL

George,  K8GG

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