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Why use open wire feed line for a dipole instead of coax?

My good friend Mike sent me this information when I asked him about open wire fed dipoles.  He knows a thing or two about antennas!In my opinion, there are 2 reasons to use ladder line over coax.Loss and Tunability. 1. Loss:There are three kinds of loss in RF transmission lines. Resistive losses from wire resistance, Reflective losses from mismatched [...]

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MFJ-993B Tuner on Sale at Ham Radio Outlet $218.95!!

I already have the MFJ-998 legal limit tuner however, it doesn't have a balanced output. I thought for this price, I'd give the MFJ-993B a try. It arrived yesterday. This one has a high power limit of 300 watts so it will most likely be used on my 100 watt AM station.MFJ-993B Auto Tuner at [...]

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Use The Contact Form For International Shipping Quotes

Until my store host, BIG COMMERCE, figures out the shipping problem, I have to quote International Rates, one at a time.Contact me with the particular antenna or feedline that you would like and I'll respond promptly.USPS International Flat Rate Priority goes just about anywhere today.Thanks!73, Brian Duerr

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It's Easy to Use a 4:1 Current Balun With True Ladder Line Open Wire Dipole

Here's a couple of photos showing how I installed the 4:1 current balun on the side of my house. Since we need a coax entry anyway, it's a simple, ten minute step to include the required balun. You can see that I secure the balun to the outside of the house and use two screws [...]

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Window Line, Open Wire Feedline or Ladder Line?

THIS IS NOT LADDER LINE!This is window line, which exhibits characteristics unlike real Open Wire Feedline or Ladder Line. This is one of those ongoing, ham arguments that will never be settled. You have to go WAY back to the old radio books of the 40's to truly understand it.This is True Ladder Line or 600 [...]

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WB2JIX acquires W7FG.NET and TRUELADDERLINE.COM ladder line and open wire dipole antenna business

Brian Duerr, operating as WB2JIX, LLC, has taken over the former business of Charlie Redding, K5JYB  (SK)Brian says “I look forward to carrying on the twenty year tradition of manufacturing and selling the original W7FG Open Wire Fed Dipoles and accessories. I am adding several items to the website so purchasers can find everything needed to use this efficient [...]

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ARRL article explains that Ladder Line is the way to go!

Here's a link to an article on the ARRL website explaining a bit about feed lines. There's no doubt that open wire line is the way to go. There are many opinions on open wire line and one myth that needs to be explained is that the brown, 450Ω transmission line should NOT be referred [...]

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Save money and time! Purchase your open wire fed dipole assembled.

Here's something to try that I did. Go to your Big Box home improvement store or the local hardware store. Most won't sell spools of the gauge and quality wire that I use. To make one, 10-160M doublet with a 100' feed line with continuous wire from the feed point to the end insulators, you'll [...]

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