This Isolation balun is very similar to the Model 1115d with one key exception. The material utilized for the two stacked cores is optimized for the lower HF bands and provides exceptional choking impedance at these frequencies. Over 5000 ohms of choking on 160m and over 6300 ohms on 80 and 40 meters. The 1116d even generates over 4000 ohms of choking impedance on 20 meters.
No other design can provide this level of isolation and choking at these lower frequencies. Note that although optimized for lower frequencies, this balun also provides very good choking at higher frequencies and can be used up through 30MHz.
Testing shows SWR remains below 1.05 across the entire HF band, transformation is perfectly flat, return loss is between 60-80 dbmw and choking impedance is maximized at over 6k ohms on the low HF frequencies. Please click on the graphs shown below to view the complete test results.
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Tests run utilizing AIM-4170uhf Network Analyzer and a precision non-inductive 50 ohm load
While the most common advice is to improve the station's RF ground, the root of the problem is in the poor isolation of the feedline from antenna currents. If your goal is to reduce feedline radiation and improve reception by reducing noise, feedline isolation baluns are an excellent choice. Adding an additonal isolation balun at the point where the feedline exits the near field area of the antenna will substantially reduce unwanted feedline radiation and reception of EMI without the need for improved station grounding.
It must be pointed out that a 1:1 balun should never be used on the second harmonic of a half-wave center-fed dipole fed with coax (like an 80 meter dipole being used on 40 meters). The impedance can be as great as 5,000 ohms creating very high voltages which can bring about voltage breakdown and/or excessive heating. This exception ONLY applies to COAX FED HALF WAVE DIPOLES WHEN USING A 1:1 BALUN AT THE FEEDPOINT.
|Core Material|| Custom mix ferrite by Fair Rite Products optimized for low frequencies.
Cores are coated and sealed for long term durability.
|Winding Type||Stacked dual core, coaxial wound 1:1 current balun provides larger effective core area.|
|Winding Material|| Mil Spec 50 ohm coax rated 19kW @ 1MHz, 9kW @ 10 MHz & 4kW @ 50 MHz.
Silver flashed braid and center conductor with solid Teflon dielectric.
|Power Rating|| 1 to 35 MHz - 5kW, 10kW intermittent.
All ratings at resonance. High SWR will reduce power handling ability.
|Useable Frequency||1 to 31 MHz|
|Insertion Loss||Less than .02db|
|Connectors|| SO-239 connectors are silver plated with Teflon insulation.
Studs and eyebolts are 1/4 inch.
Alternate connectors and Mounting Options are available in the Accessories section.
|Hardware||All Stainless Steel|
|Enclosure Type|| NEMA rated 4x marine grade junction box for outdoor installations.
Cover has neoprene gasket for weatherproof integrity.
|Dimensions||4x4x2 inches for main body of unit|
|Additional Info|| Very high efficiency (98-99%).
Will not heat up or saturate at like many of the "less expensive" designs.