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338_MtRushmore

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I've been messing with the antenna system on my pickup for a while now. It's been pretty frustrating because it seems like none of my results align with anything I thought I knew. The vna would say one thing, and the meter would say another. I chased my tail for a while adding chokes and a low pass filter, retuning and it just wasn't right.

Today I decided to start over. I did the 1/4 wave coax that cbers love and hams despise. I was planning to tune for x, then try my hand at a matching network. I ended up with this.
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The simple fact that it is over 50 ohms confused me as I expected it to be lower than 50. The swr at the amp was actually pretty close to the vna readings, so that was a step in the right direction. For some reason I decided to add an mfj choke along with a 3 foot jumper and the swr at the amp stayed under 1.1:1. I'm thinking I'm just going to run it like this.

This project has proven to me that I know less than nothing about antennas, and what I thought I knew is totally worthless in the real world.
 
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As stated above, many on the CB side swear by the 1/2 wavelength, although based on your posts on this and other forums in the past I am sure you are aware of that and simply mistyped.

What happens to the tune if you use a barrel connector and add a two or three foot jumper? Optionally you can reroute the coax in the vehicle and see if that changes the results.


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338_MtRushmore

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As stated above, many on the CB side swear by the 1/2 wavelength, although based on your posts on this and other forums in the past I am sure you are aware of that and simply mistyped.

What happens to the tune if you use a barrel connector and add a two or three foot jumper? Optionally you can reroute the coax in the vehicle and see if that changes the results.


The DB
I removed the line isolator and added a barrel connector and it looks like my swr curve moved up about 200Khz

Out in the open my swr with the isolator is 1:1 on 27.500 and 1.1:1 on 27.385. In my driveway I am 1:1 on 27.185 and 1.1:1 on 27.385. Seems like a pretty happy medium for now.
 

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338, do you know why your VNA is showing in blue, "Ls out of range?"

Do you or anyone else know what this means?

Could this be a calibration error?

It looks to me there maybe another error noted in red, "HW cal NO."
 
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338_MtRushmore

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338, do you know why your VNA is showing in blue, "Ls out of range?"

Do you or anyone else know what this means?

Could this be a calibration error?
I don't know. This one always says that when x is zero, or at least when it is between -0.2 and 0.2. Basically anytime it reads x=>5k it also reads Ls out of range.

I also don't know what "HW cal" is either. Measurements don't mean squat if they are inaccurate or interpreted incorrectly.
 

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With those VNAs you need to do the calibration every time you change the cable you're running from the VNA to the antenna feedpoint if you want accuracy.
 
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One must never ignore a perfectly good myth when in pursuit of the Magical, Mystical 1:1 and all of the Mythical goodness it brings.

Here's wishing that RF would propagate as well as the myths do. No F2 layer required.
 
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338_MtRushmore

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With those VNAs you need to do the calibration every time you change the cable you're running from the VNA to the antenna feedpoint if you want accuracy.
Even if I pulled the headliner to access the mount, would I just solder a resistor between the ring terminals? I don't think I can add a resistor at the antenna mount because there is essentially 2" of antenna in the mount itself. This just doesn't seem very feasible.

If I recall correctly my coax measured r=0.9 and x=0. Is that too far from zero to be useful? I thought that was the whole point of the "myth," and why hams even say to measure at the feedpoint or with a half wave coax.
 

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    I hope he did not ask that question on the "ZED" he would get vaporized...75% telling in some "polite way" are you going to put up a "REAL" antenna? The rest telling him that's the greatest antenna ever with my 7300o_O:coffee:
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