[TowerTalk] Voltage Breakdown For Enameled Wire
ke9et199 at charter.net
Sun Jan 28 22:48:12 EST 2018
Go to an electric motor repair shop for your wire. Most will sell small amounts at much better prices than ebay.
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From: Steve, W3AHL
Sent: Sunday, January 28, 2018 9:39 PM
To: towertalk at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Voltage Breakdown For Enameled Wire
I’ve used Essex Allex (Heavy build). A general datasheet is at:https://essexwire.com/sites/essexwire.com/files/2017-08/Essex-Wire-Datasheet-Allex-EN.pdf Dielectric breakdown for 18awg is 4,275 volts minimum at max temp, 10KV typical average, higher voltages at room temperature. Never could find detailed rating by gauge.
You can buy on ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Essex-Magnet-Wire-10-AWG-Gauge-0-1054-1-LB-31ft-Enameled-Copper-Coil-Winding/232625128866 Cost is 12.05 per pound (31 ft.)
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Essex-Magnet-Wire-12-AWG-Gauge-0-0808-1-LB-50ft-Enameled-Copper-Coil-Winding-/332523079406 Cost is 15.00 per pound (50 ft.)
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2018 18:02:55 -0800
From: Jim Brown <jim at audiosystemsgroup.com>
To: towertalk reflector <towertalk at contesting.com>
Subject: [TowerTalk] Voltage Breakdown For Enameled Wire
I'm once again considering winding high power chokes with enameled wire.
Zo of a closely #12 pair is about 53 ohms, which makes it desirable IF
breakdown voltage is sufficient. I would appreciate for sources of #10
or #12 enameled wire with published breakdown specs.
I've found that THHN (about 93 ohms Zo) works fine for simple antennas
like dipoles, but some multiband antennas with complex matching/coupling
systems don't like that much mismatch. We had this problem with the
Force 12 C3SS, the choke is enameled #12 of unknown pedigree. No
breakdown issues with a 600W power amp and the antenna is a good match
to it, but the engineer in me wants to be conservative for legal limit
to an 80/75 dipole that I use from 3.5-3.9 MHz.
Yes, I know I could put the conductors in Teflon tubing, but that
increases Zo. I've measured #12 pairs with various Teflon insulation and
get values around 101 ohms at HF.
73, Jim K9YC
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