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SWR Indicator for balanced line

Posted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:11 pm
Many years ago I made one of these and it worked very well as a basic indicator of SWR on 300 ohm twin lead which I have used for many antennas over the years.
I just taped it to my feed line right after the tuner so I could see it from my seated position while operating.
Not sure how many of you use balanced line but here is a link to the article about how it works and how to build one.
VE3PCP ... r-1947.htm

Re: SWR Indicator for balanced line

Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:38 am
I rebuilt my unit yesterday and did up a short video to explain it and show it in operation.

Re: SWR Indicator for balanced line

Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:31 am
by va3ts
Some history and theory on open wire feeder and swr

open line - spacing usually < 1% of the wavelength

When the line length is an even multiple of wavelength/2 , the input resistance is equal to the load resistance, regarless of line Zo.

The characteristic impedance of air insulated parallel conductor line
Zo=276 log 2s/d where s = center to center distance d = outer diameter of conductor