[TowerTalk] Ends of Dipoles - Mythbusting

kd4e kd4e at verizon.net
Sat Jul 1 06:57:28 EDT 2006

>   Mythbusting......
>   Statement - you need to solder the ends of the 
> dipoles because the loop in the end insulator and 
> the wrapping of the wire back onto the antenna is 
> a inductor and a capacitor...thus changing the 
> resolate frequency of the dipole.
>   True or False
>   Myth or not 
>   Lee - K0WA

Depends on the frequency of operation ... :-)

Sorry, it was just too juicy of an opportunity
to hop down yet another rabbit trail!

At HF frequencies one is unlikely to be able to
even measure the presence of small loops at the
ends of a 120-240 foot dipole.


Thanks! & 73, doc kd4e

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