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Choke Balun for 6 meter.

Sep 12th 2017, 19:28


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I'm in the process of building a 6 meter dipole that will be installed in the attic. The feedline will be a combination of RG-213 and RG-8, about 40 feet long, total. I wish to build a choke balun with some length of RG-58 line on a 3 inch diameter PVC pipe in order to minimize RF coming back on the outer schield of the feedline. I've been searching all my ARRL reference books and could not find anything specific for the 6 meter band. Can anyone help ?


Sep 13th 2017, 13:15


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WB2WIK suggests five turns on a 3" form.
But, 3" PVC pipe actually has a diameter of 3.5"

Zack W1VT
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Oct 21st 2017, 02:38


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At that frequency, snap on ferrite cores would work better than lossy RG-58 wound in a coil.
Or you could use regular toroids stacked on the coax to choke any antenna currents on the shield.
However, if you are coming away from the dipole in a straight line for a non-resonant length, you may not need the choke, as the amount of current should be low and not mess with the antenna pattern.
If the coax comes away and then parallels the antenna, then even a choke may not work in reducing the currents and pattern distortion. You would need several chokes at intervals that are non-resonant to eliminate the currents.
Nov 26th 2017, 08:37


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I use a three turns, diameter 3.5", choke wound in the air.
It works fine on 6m with my single quad loop.

73s de Fabio, IZ5XRC

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