The dude managed to talk to people with his mountainside shack, fed with patchworked cable. |
That's all that matters. Guess he was not obsessed with milking out every last little drop of juice.
If he is talking on it, (and I am
sure he is) that`s fine, I do not think anyone said it "will not" work, just saying if it was connected together properly it would be better.
I was changing antennas one time and had about 60 feet of coax laying laying out on the ground in the back yard.
Just for grins, I loaded up the open feed line ( yes un-terminated coax) with a 989C tuner and talked all over town with it.
Kind of like the shoe string dipped in salt water thing, will it work, yes.
Can it be better, most defiantly, and depending on how many splices maybe much better.
And for line length, there is a point were feed line gets so long it is not worth it.
It is even worse at VHF than HF
I still think it would be a good test to put a dummy load and meter at the end of the feed-line and see how much power is getting through, that will tell all of us a lot.
After you read all of this:
NOT bagging on you, no insult intended at all, but very interested in the results of the test above.