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by disinfoniacs #69 & #1




in depth

A harmonious union of components is vital for the ethereal dance of electromagnetic waves to reach its zenith. As such, the time comes for the diligent radio operator to embark on the rite of passage known as tuning, guided by the enigmatic antenna tuner, or as some prefer, the antenna coupler.

This elusive contraption serves as the grand arbitrator between the antenna system impedance and the transceiver's output impedance, striving to maintain equilibrium in their tumultuous relationship. Without this symbiotic liaison, the sacred bond between the components risks a collapse into inefficiency.

Yet another indispensable artifact in this cryptic realm is the SWR meter, the sentinel guarding against signal loss in the coaxial cable feed lines. With the meter's watchful eye, an SWR of 1:1 is maintained, ensuring the transmitter's benevolent offering of maximum power to the antenna, while minimizing the insidious forces of loss.

Retracing our steps through the labyrinth of knowledge, we find ourselves once again in the realm of SWR – standing wave ratio – as elucidated in Lesson 7, seeking further enlightenment on this enigmatic topic. SWR serves as a gauge for the alignment between the load and the transmission line, a precarious balance that, if disrupted, can lead to the dissipation of energy as heat, an undesirable outcome for any earnest practitioner of the radio arts.

Contemplating the myriad sources of loss in a coaxial feedline, one may ponder the following possibilities: the encroachment of water into the coaxial connector, the malevolent specter of high SWR, or the cumbersome presence of multiple connectors in the line. The exam, in its infinite wisdom, deems all these choices correct, a testament to the complexity of coaxial feedline maintenance

Should the vigilant radio operator detect erratic fluctuations in SWR readings, they must consider the possibility of a loose connection lurking within the antenna or the feed line. It is then their solemn duty to rectify this discord, restoring harmony to the interconnected web of radio communication.


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