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Strain Relief on Long Wire Antenna

Oct 7th 2020, 08:14

KN4YIL

Joined: Jul 26th 2019, 08:50
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I just upgraded to General and I'm setting up my first HF rig.

I have purchased a ICOM AH-4 remote antenna tuner. I'm getting ready attach an end-fed long wire to it, and I don't want the terminal of the tuner to take the strain of the wire pulling on it.

My thought was to attach an insulator by passing about a foot of the antenna wire through one end an insulator, twisting it back upon itself, and soldering it. The one foot extension would then be attached to the tuner. (Hopefully this makes sense)

Will having that loop in wire degrade the performance of the antenna, or will the signal simply bypass the loop? I'm completely open to suggestions if anyone can offer something.
Oct 7th 2020, 12:34

AI4BJ

Joined: Sep 2nd 2003, 12:14
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What you are proposing should work fine. As you surmised, the small loop will not have any significant impact on antenna performance.

73,
Mark AI4BJ
Oct 7th 2020, 14:08

KN4YIL

Joined: Jul 26th 2019, 08:50
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Thanks Mark!

73,
Matt, KN4YIL

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