Homebrew ATU

Discussion in 'Homebrew and Kit Projects' started by M6YDF, Jul 13, 2018.

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  1. M6YDF

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    Hi all.
    Just prototyping an ATU. Very simple design using a variable cap and a length of coiled wire. It seems to work well so far. Just wondering if the final would be best housed in a metal case (to help combat RF)?

    Thanks in advance!

    Simon M6YDF
  2. G3YRO

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    Your aerial radiates RF . . . so I wouldn't worry about putting it in a metal case !

    I used to use an end-fed half wave, with the end of the wire going to the ATU which I built in a wooden box.

    Roger G3YRO
  3. AA7QQ

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    I would suggest a metal enclosure. It helps contain the RF & lethal voltages, that are possible.

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  4. K6BSU

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    That "simple" ATU might work in your application.

    A slightly more sophisticated ATU will work in nearly all cases. Sooner or later, you will wish for an ATU which is more versatile.
  5. G4COE

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    Might be an idea telling us what antennas you are matching, which ATU config. and the power level.

  6. M6YDF

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    It's for my G5RV jr. 10 watts
  7. G3YRO

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    Well you would be MUCH better converting your G5RV into a proper Doublet . . .

    Run the balanced feeder all the way to the ATU (unlike on a G5RV, the length doesn't matter) . . . make a Balanced ATU, then you can tune the Doublet on ANY frequency, which then is a proper match to your 50 ohm rig.

    Roger G3YRO
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  8. M6YDF

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    Food for thought! Thanks Roger!
  9. K8JD

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    Just a var cap and a coil sounds like a single band device. Is that your intention ?

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