[TowerTalk] Feedpoint measurement question
xdavid at cis-broadband.com
Sun Jun 30 19:55:22 EDT 2019
I plan to run a quick experiment to see how much effect a few inches of
surrounding PVC at the feedpoint (homebrew boom to element connector)
has on the SWR curve of a 6m resonant dipole built with 1/2 inch
tubing. EZNEC+ says five inches of PVC roughly 0.2 inches think will
shift the SWR curve down a hundred KHz or two on the yagi design I plan
With a bit of care I can actually get my little FA-VA5 analyzer as close
(or closer) to the feedpoint as I can the end of a piece of coax that
has some sort of common choke on it. Since in the first case there
would be virtually no feedline of any appreciable length, does balanced
versus unbalanced really have any meaning here? Yes, the FA-VA5
nominally has an unbalanced BNC input, but I don't think that has much
relevance inside the analyzer or that close to it.
Am I right or am I wrong? We're talking 50 MHz here and a fraction of
an inch between the analyzer and the actual feedpoint of the dipole.
I'd appreciate any knowledgeable comments.
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