# [TowerTalk] KT34A - NOT !

T A RUSSELL n4kg@juno.com
Thu, 12 Nov 1998 06:50:24 -0600

```Good post  Dave, but PLEASE,  use  a  SUBJECT  LINE
that  relates the the TEXT for ease in filing and/or deletion.

de  Tom  N4KG

On Thu, 12 Nov 1998 02:27:51 +0000 k6ll@juno.com writes:
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>Speaking of recurring threads, let me dust off this
>oldie but goodie.
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>A good thing to do every year or so is to measure your
>feedline losses. If you have an antenna analyzer that reads
>high values of swr with reasonable accuracy, the measurement
>disconnecting the antenna.
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>Attach the analyzer to the feedline in question, with the antenna
>still connected. Tune the analyzer's frequency until you see the
>highest peak in indicated swr on the meter. There will usually
>be several high peaks. Pick the highest one near the high end of
>the analyzer's range.
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>Plug the peak observed swr into the following equation:
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>LOSS = 10LOG((SWR+1)/(SWR-1))
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>For example, if you see a peak swr of 8 at 24 mhz
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>LOSS = 10LOG(9/7) = 1.09 dB at 24 MHz
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>Then all you have to do is consult a coax loss chart to see if
>the measured loss is reasonable for the type and length of
>coax being used, and whether it would be cost effective to put up
>new/different coax.
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>The reason this method works is that almost all antennas present
>a high value of impedance when operated outside their design
>range. This high impedance is a close approximation of an open
>circuit, and the equation above is valid. This idea was
>presented in QST a few years ago, but the author presented a
>graphical, rather than mathematical, solution. I like the mathematical
>solution better, because you don't have to go back and dig up the QST
>article.
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>Some people distrust the accuracy of high value swr readings
>obtained on inexpensive analyzers, and prefer to take
>repeated measurements over several years to detect trends,
>rather than believing the absolute numbers. That's ok too.
>Whenever I have used the above method to measure brand-new coax,
>the results have always agreed closely with expected losses.
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>Yuma, AZ
>K6LL@juno.com
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