which is at least the right size, no idea if that's the right material.
But before trying to roll your own, look over that facebook page.
Apparently not as trivial as you might think to hit multiple bands like this.
Also borrowed a newer matchbox, about 2 months old, label says MEF-330-1K.
This was bought as a separate matchbox, not part of an antenna system.
I believe the only significant difference between the two is a vent to the atmosphere
on the side of this new one, not present on the old one.
First column shows input impedance of xfmrA when output has 2500 ohms across it.
Second column shows the same for xfmrB
Third column shows impedance into the xfmrA coax port, xfmrA is hooked back to back with xfmrB
using wires of 1 or 2 inches, and xfmrB has a 50 ohm dummy load on the coax port.
Fourth column shows peak voltage across the dummy load of the above back to back arrangement
when xfmrA is driven with 50v peak of RF.
Impedances were measured using the AQRP Vector Impedance Analyzer from Kees.
The voltage measurements were made with a Rigol DS1052E using a single 10x probe.
The probe was first used to scale the RF source for 50v at the input port,
then the probe was moved to measure the voltage across the dummy load.
I don't have a lot of faith in this Rigol, but should be fine for such relative measurements.
I chose a 2500 ohm load for the matchboxes when measuring their impedance,
as this should give close to a 50 ohm input impedance given the 1:7 turns ratio of the toroids.
The measured impedance was somewhat less in all cases except 30mhz.
So for some reason the transformer seems to exhibit an impedance ratio in excess of 1:49
at most frequencies, and thus gives a good match for an end fed halfwave which typically
has an impedance somewhat greater than 2500 ohms.
Given that the input impedance was mostly lower than the 50 ohm load impedance
in that last column, it's not too surprising that the output voltage sometimes exceeded
the input voltage. But there are some weird anomalies in those figures I haven't quite
figured out, and I'm not totally convinced my measurements are accurate.
At all frequencies, the dummy load got plenty hot.
The toroids of the box I had taken the lid off of did not.
A few more general notes, not part of the measurements presented here.
I've measured SWR into my EFHW antenna system, my figures agreed with
the QST article and with the charts on the myantennas.com
I believe the charts on myantennas.com
were created with 100' of RG8X coax
from matchbox to the SWR meter plus RF source.
My SWR measurements with a very short coax showed higher SWR figures out-of band,
but the SWR was perfectly fine within the bounds of most bands (not all of 80m or 10m).
The SWR minimum is pretty well centered on a usable part of each band,
due in part to the small airwound coil in the wire near where it enters the matchbox.
A possible exception is 80m, the SWR min is centered on the CW portion of the band,
a tuner of some sort would be needed to use it at 4.0 mhz.
Given that an RF source can pump power into this antenna system without
anything getting hot, I can only conclude that most of that power is properly radiated.
In what pattern it gets radiated is debatable.
Here's an FAQ for this antenna system: https://myantennas.com/wp/f-a-q/efhw-antennas-f-a-q/
Near the bottom are four links, clicking on the first we see plots for a straight half wavelength of wire
at 40 foot above the ground. http://www.qsl.net/kk4obi/EFHW%20Straight.html
Ideally, an 80m antenna would be a half wavelength above the ground for an optimal pattern,
so 40 meters, or 130 feet. I'd bet most hams with an 80m antenna aren't climbing trees
and rooftops much higher than the 40 foot of the plots shown in that last link.
At 40 foot, the 80m plot shows it's going pretty much straight up, a good NVIS antenna perhaps.
The others all show lobes that look to me as if they could do some good for DX.
For any ham who plans to use 80m, this EFHW is nearly equivalent to a dipole at the same height.
The other bands are gravy, and that gravy doesn't look bad.
Yes, having several different antennas would be better.
A 30 mhz rotatable beam is easy enough, and would work much better than this wire.
But for some of us, it's just a hobby.