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Everything you know about dipole (calculators) is wrong ...

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VK6FLAB, Oct 12, 2018.

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  1. G4OBB

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    What is a dipole??
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  2. W2WDX

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    Calculate, measure parameters, trim. Model if you like a fourth step. It doesn't matter if it's paper or some calculator online. I just used one and it worked to within a foot for a 75 meter dipole. But I still measured the electrical characteristics and trimmed. What methodology you chose is NOT a reflection of your worthiness. Just use a method and don't do something random (short of a random length balanced doublet, hihi) I don't buy into this "if you don't do it MY way you're not legit" mentality. Only morons say things like that.

    There are so many variables ANY calculation method will be inaccurate, unless you put up your dipole in a vacuum in perfect free space. So all this (including the OP) is academic, since any calculation is just a rough guideline. It still comes down to electrical measurement and tuning.
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  3. K7JEM

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    An EDZ is a non-resonant antenna, so it can vary quite a bit in length and still perform close to optimum. The matching stub will change based on the chosen length of the EDZ.
  4. N8XI

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  5. N8XI

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    Somebody ought to tell him his abacus is broken :0)
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  6. N6QIC

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    I think you just did. :)
  7. N6ITE

    N6ITE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Keep learning. Your "how to be a good ambassador for amateur radio" still needs work.
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  8. N6ITE

    N6ITE Ham Member QRZ Page

    I bet you're a lot of fun to talk to on the air.

    Great job being an ambassador for amateur radio.
    4) Look up the definition of "sarcasm" - then apply to "Great job being an ambassador for amateur radio."
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  9. WA4KCN

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    My future son-n-law has a computer science degree but could not properly use a shovel until he went through my basic course in the use of hand tools.
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  10. K7JEM

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    Metal end towards the ground.
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