Did I Save Some Money?

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KM9G, Oct 27, 2021.

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  1. W1BR

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    Nope. Far cheaper on the auction site for the same item.
  2. KB9YOJ

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    I think half of the stuff in the "kit" is unnecessary. Just get the wire and a ferrite core with a known value, and spray it with flex-seal. I made a 64:1 with a type 52 core for $10.......
  3. NJ3T

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    If you build a random length end fed wire then you could use your kit to build a 9:1 balun for it but the EFHW needs a 49:1 transformer to work. The half wavelength wire has a very high impedance on it's end and requires the 49:1 to bring it down to match your 50 ohm coax. Some use a 64:1 xfmr. Don't forget to use a 1:1 to help block CMC on the feedline. Install it in the feed line at the outside entrance to the shack. You can buy a 4x4x2 wx proof electrical junction box at Lowes or Home Depot (or online) for using a FT240 size core. It works great. You can also build your 1:1 on a FT240-43 and use a electrical junction box for it.

    Another good place for a kit or kit parts is HF KITS which is in Europe. They have good stuff but the exchange rate in currency and shipping means it gets a little expensive. Still there on line instructions for their kits may help someone.
    73 and keep up the good work!
    Experimenting with antenna design is a great part of being a Ham! I love it!
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  4. NJ3T

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    Where did you find a FT240-52 core and the wire for a 64:1 for $10 ? I am interested in buying some.
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  5. KB9YOJ

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    They were much less than $10. My entire sha-bang was $10. Smaller size 1.5" cores. Ham-fests are your friend......
  6. NJ3T

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    Did you use 100pf or 240pf capacitors? Or no capacitors.
    Just curious
  7. KM9G

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    100pf when they arrive
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  8. KF2YD

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    Today many of the new generation of hams are lazy and do not wish to learn or build anything.

    For a little bit more you can build a much better quality balun. I have built 4:1, 9:1 and even 48:1 ones.

    Learn, build and experiment, be real HAM !

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  9. K8AKC

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    I know you wanted to make a communism joke, but Amazon is not communistic, it's Hyper-Capitalist/Neoliberal (which is against communism). Get your enemies straight.
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  10. N7EKU

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    Likely he was referring to their main supplier.
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