[TowerTalk] Antenna shift, VHF/UHF matching unit burning out

Scott scottb at radios-online.com
Mon Apr 21 15:30:38 EDT 2014

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At 10:29 AM 4/21/2014, Earl Morse wrote:
>On the Diamond it's most likely a bad connection at or in the 
>antenna.  Or it has been damaged by a strike but not blown apart.  I 
>found the top 3' "exploded cigar" for my vhf/uhf antenna in the 
>woods this spring.  Guess that explains the high SWR, not that I use 
>it that much.
>On the AV-xxx vertical I don't think it is a bias issue saturating 
>the matching transformer/balun.  Where does the DC current go that 
>flows through the balun (saturating it) into the antenna?  You don't 
>have a top light or preamp on the antenna do you?
>If you have high SWR on all the bands take a look at the 
>balun.  Maybe it got overheated and smoked the core.  Some of these 
>antennas use baluns that are designed right on the edge and work 
>good until something else goes bad.  While the baluns are pretty 
>efficient they can be overheated if operated outside of the design 
>parameters.  Once the ferrite core material starts hitting the Curie 
>temperature it stops being a core and the transformer stops 
>working.  It can be a runaway condition in which the core eventually fails.
>At 10:23 PM 4/20/2014, Roger (K8RI) on TT wrote:
> >I think that I've lost a ground.  The SWR has gone sky high on the
> >Diamond 144/440 repeater antenna. As the antenna is only rated at
> >200 watts the matching network is pretty light duty.  Also, the
> >AV640 which originally was very easy to match, is now difficult to
> >find the resonant points.
> >
> >I believe this is due to a DC bias through the matching transformers
> >putting the cores into, or near saturation.
> >
> >I keep using, I think and I believe as I really don't know, but it
> >sounds logical.
> >
> >The new AV840 just arrived and I need to work on the Diamond
> >antenna, so I need to find the problem before going any farther with
> >the antennas.
> >
> >I had been talking to N8ERF on the repeater when he mentioned I was
> >getting noisy.  I immediately stopped transmitting, came in, got the
> >SWR bridge, took it to the shop and put it in the line. The SWR had
> >gone from 1.2:1, to off scale.  I think the finals are OK.  I
> >certainly hope so.
> >
> >So tomorrow, I'm going to add one of those grounding plates that tie
> >everything together and to the station ground. The space behind the
> >desk out there is a mass of wire, that could be neatened up, so I
> >can see at a glance what is connected to what.
> >
> >That and all the projects need to be finished up so I have an
> >organized shop in which to work.
> >
> >Any thoughts on the grounding would be appreciated
> >
> >73
> >
> >Roger (K8RI)
> >
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