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Re: LF: antennas for 136kHz

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Subject: Re: LF: antennas for 136kHz
From: "Mike Dennison" <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2000 08:19:45 +0000
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G4CNN wrote:
If to the top of a vertical an equal vertical descender is added, insulated
from Earth at the bottom, but otherwise the same length as the original
vertical and coming straight down (like an old-fashioned hair-pin), and
assuming that this is resonated and matched to 50 ohms, will the new antenna
radiate more power, less power or the same power for the same input and why?
This might for example be the other wire of a sufficiently well spaced
feeder (no voltage breakdown), effectively short-circuited at the top and of
low RF resistance.
If the end of the downwards vertical is insulated from earth, it won't
work as the current in it will partly cancel out the current in the
upward part.

However, =in theory= you can earth the end of the downward wire, and
resonate both wires separately as quarter waves, giving effectively half
of a folded vertical dipole. I said =in theory= because it would be very
difficult to equalise the two wires such that the current distribution
was identical, and you have twice the coil losses. If you could get it
to work, there would be an improvement because the radiation resistance
would be quadrupled and hence earth losses would be much less. BUT if it
was easy to do there would be lots of topband operators using it! Good

Mike, G3XDV

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