I bought this ParaDynamics PDC5 years ago as a impulse buy to try it for SWR and Watt meter but never tried the matcher feature. Is this what you call a tuner? Anybody have any experience with this unit.as for small VSWR issue,, put an antenna tuner/coupler inline at the shack and tune vswrs down.
no need climb into the attic anymore,,search zep and extended zepp,, the longer the wire the more gain you get in certain directions.
Yes, the " matcher" is a " tuner".I bought this ParaDynamics PDC5 years ago as a impulse buy to try it for SWR and Watt meter but never tried the matcher feature. Is this what you call a tuner? Anybody have any experience with this unit.
Yes the antenna SWR is close enough to try it as a experiment but they don't give much instruction on how to go about turning the Tune & the Load knobs and what to look for. By the looks of it it should handle 100 watts but I will try barefoot to learn and see what it is about. I'm still going to get in the attic because it is my Nature not to short cut and the dipole only needs a little shortening,but before I go up my curious mind will force me to try the matcher to satisfy my thirst for knowledge and perfection !If you antenna is close, it will help, but it's not going to handle much power or have a wide matching range.
Hey thanks for giving this HillBilly some Education. LOL450 Ohm - Balance / Ladder Line
Ladder line or "window line" is a variation of twin lead which is constructed similarly except that the polyethylene webbing between the wires which holds them apart has rectangular openings ("windows") cut in it. So the line consists of two insulated wires with bands of plastic holding them together every few inches, giving it the appearance of a ladder. The advantage of the windows is that they lighten the line, and also reduce the amount of surface on which dirt and moisture can accumulate, making ladder line less vulnerable to weather-induced changes in characteristic impedance. The most common type is 450 ohm ladder line, which has a conductor spacing of about an inch.
Ladder line or "window line"
I'm sure there is adapters available to change from flat line to coaxial connectors but I will probably never need such items as they are for the Pros !
Its best to use a balun, but you can go straight from one to the other like AudioShockwav shows. You can also get antenna tuners that have said balun and parallel feedlline outputs built in, and their are also link-coupled antenna tuners as well. Its actually primarily the domain of hobbyists that use said devices, although mostly on the ham side where they need to tune a single antenna to multiple different ham bands across the HF spectrum. Using such a device for a single band antenna such as for CB radio really is counter productive, not that it can't be done... I think there is a brand of antenna tuners specifically designed to work on the CB band, and won't work anywhere else... I'll have to dig around and see if I can find them again...I'm sure there is adapters available to change from flat line to coaxial connectors but I will probably never need such items as they are for the Pros !