Hi Andy and Genossen LFers!
The hi-voltage relays problem will be solved by serially connected not so hi-voltage relays!
This way was used at the time when radio was young.
The schematic diagramm of Khodynka's spark-gap TX at 1914 in Moscow.
That method was used 9H1ZA in Malta for 160m's vertical also.
Vlad remember me that simple method at first time.
Surely the voltage will not appear across the contacts, though I agree contacts to activating coil might be a problem.
Yes reeds area problem because I think of the reed material. I only used them (from Coto) at low levels on ATE. I did have some rated in the kV range but not taking much current.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 12:44 PM
Subject: Re: LF: Re: Antenna relays
You're forgetting the loading coil has to be switched out when using the loop at HF, so the relay has to withstand the full RF voltage when using it as a vertical at LF/MF.
So you'll need a vacuum relay with a contacts rated at something like 10kV. The current will only be an amp or so. I tried this once using FR / Crydom reed relays that were certainly rated at that sort of voltage. Trouble was that rating was DC. At 137kHz it died with a flash from inside and melted contacts as soon as a decent amount of RF was applied.
A knife switch on a ceramic former would probably work, otherwise find someone working for
NatGrid and try to get a 33 or 132kV contactor :-)
On 19 November 2015 at 12:24, Alan Melia <[email protected]>
Hi Chris I dont think the relay type is too significant at these frequencies. The important thing is its contacts should be able to carry the current. It is at a low impedance point so the voltages should not be excessive. Even an open frame style intended for switching 20 to 30A of 230v would be worth trying (I am sure you have a bin-full or two of those lying around :-)) ).......the old-timers used knife switches at these frequencies :-))
----- Original Message ----- From: "Chris Wilson" <[email protected]>
To: <[email protected]>
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 12:00 PM
Subject: LF: Antenna relays
19 November 2015
I am currently running a bottom strapped windowed ladder line feeder to
my horizontal quad loop as the vertical for LF, the loop as the
capacitive top hat. It means I am unable to use it for HF though. I am
wondering if I might add a remote switched relay at the bottom of the
ladder line, so it has two states. One connects my co ax feeder to the
ladder line with the bottom strapped together. the other opens the
strap and connects the 2 legs to a balun and then my co as feed line.
Given the voltages involved at LF, what sort of relay would I need to
be looking at? Thanks.
Chris 2E0ILY mailto:[email protected]