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1:49 UNUN using two stacked FT240-43 cores for endfed halfwave antenna

1:49 UNUN using two stacked FT240-43 cores for end fed halfwave antenna

In order to match the end fed half wave antenna to the coaxial feeder, it is necessary to have a matching network or transmission line transformer. The coaxial feeder is likely to be 50Ω and the antenna impedance is possibly around 4000 or 5000Ω, the impedance needs to be matched. Often a transformer is used to perform this match. As it matches an unbalanced load to an unbalanced load, these transformers are often referred to as “ununs” as opposed to the more familiar balun that matches a balanced to unbalanced line.

endfed unun 1:49 UNUN using two stacked FT240 43 cores for endfed halfwave antenna

The impedance transformation is approximately 50:5000 or 1:100. As the impedance at this point is not well defined, many people use a 1:9 transformer, although this only matches to an impedance of 450Ω. It is far preferable to use a 1:49 or 1:64 ratio. There are several requirements for these transformers in terms of electrical performance. At low frequencies, like all transformers, they require adequate primary inductance at lowest frequency.

The below images are my attempt to build a unun for my end fed antenna.

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efhwunun 2 e1645194405214 1:49 UNUN using two stacked FT240 43 cores for endfed halfwave antenna

 

 

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