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Author Topic: How should I manage extra twin lead?  (Read 2331 times)
K7NHB
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« on: April 21, 2013, 01:27:34 PM »

A lot of twin lead setups I've seen or read about are for home situations - permanent installations. But if camping, the QRP rig might be positioned anywhere from 15 feet to 45 feet from the antenna. I'm hoping to use a "generic" delta loop with twin lead to a 4:1 balun to a tuner - or maybe it will be cut for 20M and I'll take what else I can get.

But how do you manage the extra twin lead. I've been told not to lay it on the ground if I can help it and I've been told not to coil it. I suppose I could cut various lengths, like 15 ft and 25 ft, and connect them with some kind of plug or clip when longer lengths are needed.

What is the best way to deal with any extra length?

Thank you and 73,
Paul
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2013, 03:11:38 AM »

if camping, the QRP rig might be positioned anywhere from 15 feet to 45 feet from the antenna.
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What is the best way to deal with any extra length?

Put your antenna up higher.   Grin

I can't envision too many scenarios where you can't keep it suspended a minimum of a few inches off the ground somehow, with some intermediate support like a bush, tree, rock, pole, or just taut between the feedpoint and station. 


Mark K5LXP
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2013, 03:33:07 PM »

I cut off the extra length and the tuner works just fine.
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