Part 3 – We place various devices at the feedpoint of an “End-Fed” antenna without a formal “Counterpoise” – We will see why the SAME common-mode current must ALWAYS flow on the coax shield just as in Part 1.
The typical “end-fed” generally has an impedance greatly different from 50 ohms, so it is rarely fed directly with coax, as losses on the transmission line will be undesirably high for lengths of coax greater than a few 10’s of meters.
Note the high loss on several bands when a 42 ft “end-fed” is directly fed with 50 ft of RG8x coax (yellow bars)* ===>
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The principles and projects described in this collection of GE technical articles from 1946 through 1963 are still perfectly understandable and relevant – enjoy!
Continue reading Classic GE Ham News
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In the course of my career as an EE specializing in Ultra Wideband radio, radar, and antenna hardware, the need often arises for a useful and easy to reproduce UWB antenna.
Continue reading Simple Ultra Wideband (UWB) Antenna – 200 MHz Bandwidth
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Here is a collection of some of James Millen’s early work in radio communication techniques.
Continue reading Classic Collection of Early James Millen
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A good reference on Sideband principles and techniques in this 1961 classic by GE and Ready Killowatt’s cousin Lighthouse Larry.
Continue reading Classic GE Sideband Handbook
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The principles and projects described in this collection of RCA technical articles from 1938 through 1968 are still perfectly understandable and relevant – enjoy!
Continue reading Classic RCA Ham Tips
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Ever wonder why successful DX-seeking stations so often use vertically polarized Verticals or Inverted-Ls on those lower bands? And why horizontal dipole-type antennas are most often seen for use on the higher shortwave bands? Even loop designs, intended for DX chasing on these lower bands, most often employ vertical polarization.
There’s good solid technical reason for this old adage:
“If you can’t get a horizontal antenna up around 3/8 wavelength or higher, then use a vertically polarized antenna.“
Continue reading Verticals and Inverted-Ls for the Low Bands – Horizontal Antennas for High Bands
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An interesting pro-bono project: design a conformal antenna for a university class-project rocket’s data link.
Continue reading Conformal Dual Patch Antenna for a Rocket
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Part 2 – A 40 Meter EFHW with a “Radiator” wire and various length “Coax-as-Counterpoise” wires is analyzed – We will see that the common-mode current is almost always LARGER on the coax shield some distance away from the feedpoint, which is why the “counterpoise” radiates and is called “the other half of the antenna”.
It is sometimes said that common mode current flow on the coax shield of an “End-Fed” antenna system is everywhere low, simply because the feedpoint current is relatively low. This is claimed even for systems with no “counterpoise”. In this article we will see that this is not true.
“…charge conservation is the principle that electric charge can neither be created nor destroyed.”*
As shown in Part 1, from this perfectly reasonable principle we now know that there are NO 1-Terminal RF power sources!
2 Terminals – YES! 1 Terminal – NO!
Continue reading Current Flow Fundamentals for an “End-Fed” Antenna – part 2
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