To All from PA0SE
Bob, ZL2CA and Rik, ON7YD wrote:
>Thanks to Dick PA0SE for doing further tests. Replacing the antenna with
an increased capacitance from a vacuum variable has lower losses than the
"antenna circuit" but it is a reasonable approximation for gathering
What about replacing the antenna by a capacitor in series with a resistor,
would't that be a better simulation ?
For low power tests (as Dick did) a short piece of coax can be used as low
loss capacitor. Most 50 Ohm coax is 101pF/m, so a 1 to 3 meter length will
be sufficient. The coax cal be rolled up to get things compact, an
alternative is a number of short pieces in parallel. Cheap and flexible
coax such as RG174 will withstand up to 1.5kV (according to specifications
that tend to be rather conservative), RG58 even up to 2.5kV.
For those interested in high power testing : RG8 and RG213 are specified
5kV, RG218 at 11kV.
I don't see what advantage this would bring. In test B (without aerial)
I saw to it that the voltage over the coil (50V) was the same as with the
aerial. So from the coil's point of view the situation was identical with
and without aerial. As the voltage over the coil was the same so must be
the current in the coil and the losses that occur as a result of that
The purpose of test B was to isolate a possible current that
escapes from the coil to the surrounding and I think I managed to do that.
The current passed by the vacuum capacitor is a pure capacitive one. But for
all practical purposes that is also the case for the current in the real
Please remember that my measurements were not precision ones but
they were good enough I think to draw the conclusion I mentioned and
which is now also supported by Bob.
73, Dick, PA0SE