[TowerTalk] CushCraft Query

Jim Lux jimlux at earthlink.net
Thu Jun 22 13:03:49 EDT 2006

At 07:06 AM 6/22/2006, Clay Curtiss W7CE wrote:
> > Could I replace the DE on the A3S
> > with the D4 and have a 40 - 10M yagi?  (with no gain on 40, I know).
> > So I sent that query to CC and received a "I see no reason why that
> > would not work" sort of reply.than the one I got from CC.
> >
>Chances are the impedance match will be poor if you try to use the D4
>as the DE on your A3S.  The D4 is designed to give an impedance of
>~50 ohms with no parasitic elements.  Add a reflector and director on
>20-10M and the impedance will drop to about 20-35 ohms depending
>on the design.  Functionally it will work, but you will most likely have
>an SWR of about 2:1.

Not only will the impedance be different, but I'll bet the pattern would be 
substantially different.  The whole design of a Yagi depends on the mutual 
coupling among the elements to get the current phases and amplitudes 
correct.  Change one element's characteristics and the whole shebang changes.

Not to say that with a bit of work with a modeling program you could 
probably figure it all out so that it would work acceptably.  A 3 element 
yagi isn't likely to be a design that is really, really picky.


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