Is a 1:1 vswr allways the lowest loss on a transmission line?

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by AI3V, Dec 13, 2019.

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  1. AI3V

    AI3V Ham Member QRZ Page

    Stay tuned for the answer ! :p

    (Here is a hint: the answer is no!)
  2. KL7AJ

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    The correct answer is also why ladder line has a lot less loss than's not for the reasons normally given.
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  3. W8AAZ

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    Are you gonna say it depends on which end you measure it at?
  4. KL7AJ

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    Absolutely! Have you ever seen a length of coax that's been operated with very high SWR with a lot of power? At every current loop, the coax is "dented."....where the dielectric melted because of the copper getting hot at those points.
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  5. AI3V

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    Click here for a clue

  6. KL7AJ

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    Another neat trick is to build some ladder line out of very thin Nichrome wire (very lossy stuff). Run a few hundred watts into a dead short at the far end. The nichrome will glow red at the high current points, 1/2 wavelength apart.
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  7. AI3V

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    Now what could you do (assuming equal power) to minimize current on a wire?

  8. AG5CK

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    Raise the impedance of the load and increase voltage.
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  9. AI3V

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    full explanation here

    But here is the good part:


    Note the red/black line.

    Also note, that while the x axis is calibrated in feet, think in terms of wavelength. The actual line loss (3.2:1 vswr in this example) is less than the matched line loss for all transmission line lengths less than about 56 feet , or, 1/4 wavelengths! (Velocity factor corrected)

  10. N8CMQ

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    Like an ignition system in a car, very high voltage, high impedance transmission line and an even higher load impedance.
    Even with mismatched impedances, the majority of power reaches the load. And that is with pulsed DC!
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