Lew has been using a Force 12 vertical flagpole antenna for some time now.
Keith - WA8ZWJ was curious about how Lew and Dan had interfaced the antennas as Lew's description said they had connected the two verticals together. Keith was curious how they had phased the two antennas. He imagined there was some kind of T in the coax line to feed both antennas.
He was totally wrong on that account.
Here's a look at the current set up.
As you can see, the Eagle One is taller than the Force 12 flagpole antenna.
After Keith asked Lew how they had phased the two antennas together Lew sent these photographs.
Here's what Lew has to say about the new installation.
really don't know how electrons think or if they do, but I think of
antennas as creating an electric fields in space.
Now if you think of a cylindrical field around the Force 12 and another
around the Eagle 1,
it seems like being that close together and in perfect sync that they
enhance each other and look like a larger diameter field.
So now we
have a fat antenna at the bottom and a skinny one at the top.
will not find an explanation like that in any book I don't
thought that Charlie would like the "bifurcated flagpoles" name.
Keith was a bit confused by the name in that there is actually only one flagpole antenna.
Here you can see how the antennas are supported. The
antenna tuner is on the ground to the left.
Here's Lew's photo of how the two antennas are connected.
you look at the photo called "close up"
(see the photo below) that I have
attached, I do not see any coax feed to the antenna system.
I am going to assume that it is hidden by the wooden structure that
supports the original vertical antenna.
that the Eagle One is a plastic device with a cable that runs up the center, the
coupling devices are not actually making any contact with any antenna structure
on the Eagle One but they are simply supporting the structure of the Eagle One.
In a sense, the distance that they separate the antennas would be the
phasing distance for the two verticals.
What I think I am seeing is the feed line wire that runs up the center of the Eagle One is connected to the bottom clamp that secures the two antennas together. (see "close up" again)"
continues - "If that is the
case, the driven element of the Eagle One is simply shorted to the bottom of the
original vertical by the clamp.
I fail so see how your tuner can determine how, what, why and where to tune.
am unable to process the math that might explain all that!
It makes my head ache just to think about it.
to imagine what kind of radiation pattern may be set up is a good question too!
the most important part is that IT IS WORKING!
guess I am trying to put too much head time into the whole process!
it works don't fix it!
a ton sir!
Here is the Chief of the IOOK Technology Center - Charlie - NN3V's response...
is a difficult matter to address.
looked at the pictures because in order to analyze antenna matters a good
physical understanding of the structure is vital.
my first conclusion is that some time is needed with EZNEC antenna radiation
analysis to get some mathematical insight into what is going on.
based on the series of emails, the antenna works. No need to spend any
time in analysis.
To assess the physics, and quantify the effects, a bit of better definition of
the architecture is needed.
a good understanding of the wavelength relationship between the size of the
Force 12 and the size of the Eagle 1 is needed.
on the frequency in question, each antenna presents a somewhat different
radiation pattern relative to the wavelength of the frequency.
there is a modification of the radiation pattern from each antenna based on
in the near field, the electromagnetic effects will be different in their
additive contribution will change the radiation pattern for each transmit and
of the situation, as long as the reactive impedance of the antenna is not
totally bizarre, and antenna tuner capable of presenting a similar impedance
from the transmitter, and capable of handling the input power and reflected
power from the antenna , it will do just a fine job in allowing maximum power
output from the transceiver, even
the actual radiated power from the antenna might be zilch even though the
SWR is one (1).
What is not obvious about the pictures, is that the white flagpole is metal. The wire inside the new antenna is connected directly to the driven element (flagpole). I discussed this with Lew this morning.
Lew has been using the set up on the IOOK nets but with current band conditions it is difficult to make any serious conclusions!
Good luck Lew!
Yes, I am sure we all know that today will be...
"A beautiful day in The Villages!"