secrets on feed lines
boost performance: make a perfect coax feed line.
The perfect feedline
How to install your antenna properly
How to get the best from your coax
your own 9:1 balun
A short explanation on how to make your own 9:1 balun for beverage
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balun for 160 to 10 meters
This 4:1 transmitting balun may be overkill for reception, but
good step-by-step description making it easy to build. --
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A simply circuit makes it easy for you to switch between one or
two antennas, or using all at the same time.
to coax feed line
With double pane, aluminum windows it is hard to feed an outdoor
antenna with a coax cable. So here's one solution.
Amateurs are almost religious about balancing their antennas -
in order to get the most power into, and out off, the antenna.
But receiving antennas, do they really have to be
Well, yes and no. It all depends...
Read, and learn, more about this subject:
The purpose of a balun
"Matching less important for reception"
"Matching is important - it gives better reception"
"Not necessary to balance longwires"
"You must use a balun to balance your dipole..."
Balun or Antenna Tuner? It all depends...
Instead of making your own balun you may buy a comercial one,
such as the Magnetic Longwire Balun.
Magnetic Longwire Balun
But... Tests by DXer Alan Johnson, John Doty and others reveals
that the MLB is over-priced. There are several better, and cheaper,
alternatives. Read, and judge for yourself:
MLB -- a con or not?
MLB -- not really a balun
The ICE 180 is the least expensive transformer of this type
on the market. Solidly built, it gives you good performance at
a nice price.
ICE 180 -- best transformer buy
KC2CAU: After years of experimenting with wire antennas
while living in a very noisy urban environment, I have concluded
that the RF Systems MLB is indeed not a gimmic, and totally
destroys the ICE 180 hands down!
MLB is not a gimmic