Re: newbee here...just made the order...antenna question on old G5RV
You wanted wise ones, but I'll jump in till one shows up.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
The uBitx will want to see 50 ohms, ideally under a 2 to 1 SWR, though I suspect it will
survive most anything if you power the IRF510's from not much beyond 12v.
The G5RV antenna is not resonant, the impedance it presents will be all over the map.
You really need a tuner between it and the 50 ohm coax to the uBitx.
That ZM-2 might be sufficient, I don't really know.
The fact that you cannot adjust inductance is not a plus in my book, that could be getting
inefficient as frequencies go up and capacitive coupling between windings gets out of hand.
It claims to be good to 15 Watts, though does not really say under what conditions that might be true.
Max power it can handle will vary considerably with operating frequency and antenna impedance.
I'm happy enough with my MFJ-949E tuner/swr/dummyload
Build quality varies on the MFJ stuff, you want to lift the lid when you get it and check the solder job.
If you want to build your own tuner, you need an SWR indicator such as Diz's Tandem Match SWR indicator:
Generally the tuner itself can be a couple tuning caps from some old tube type broadcast receiver
and a hand wound inductor with an alligator clip to tap into it somewhere, check the various handbooks on that.
For the price of the 7300, you can have a half dozen uBitx's go up in flames
and try out several MFJ tuners plus some homemade ones.
And learn an awful lot in the process.
On Sun, Jul 1, 2018 at 12:32 pm, Don - KM4UDX wrote: