[TowerTalk] Transmission Line theory

Bob Nielsen n7xy at clearwire.net
Tue Jul 1 18:18:40 EDT 2008

I recall an excercise in graduate EM class I took many years ago.   
You draw the geometry and break it up into squares.  Each square has  
an impedance of 376.7 ohms in free space and you calculate the  
charactistic impedance by connecting them in series or parallel.  A  
bit time consuming, but it works for arbitrary configurations.

The prof had a question on the mid-term where he made a meant to have  
a coax with an off-center center conductor and we had to calculate  
the impedance with this method.  He made a mistake and the dimensions  
given resulted in the center conductor being shorted to the outer  
conductor.  My answer of "zero ohms (by inspection)" only got me half- 

Bob, N7XY

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