Model 1151 - 1:1 ATU Current Balun, 1 - 54 MHz, 2kW

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  • Model 1151 - 1:1 ATU Current Balun, 1 - 54 MHz, 2kW
  • Model 1151 - 1:1 ATU Current Balun, 1 - 54 MHz, 2kW
  • Model 1151 - 1:1 ATU Current Balun, 1 - 54 MHz, 2kW
  • Model 1151 - 1:1 ATU Current Balun, 1 - 54 MHz, 2kW
  • Model 1151 - 1:1 ATU Current Balun, 1 - 54 MHz, 2kW
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This is a departure from the normal 1:1 isolation/choke balun and utilizes a bifilar pair designed to handle the high voltages created by multiband antennas such as doublets and multiband loops  The 1151 is ideal for moderate power operations, is lower in overall weight and provides outstanding performance. This balun is also excellent when installed between a remote auto tuner and multiband antenna to suppress common mode allowing a cleaner more accurate match. The 1151 is NOT recommended for use with antennas resonant at or near 50 ohms such as  monoband dipoles, fan dipole, yagi/beam antenna etc.

Power ratings for all baluns degrade as SWR increases. Typically a balun loses 40% of its power rating at 2:1 SWR and 60-70% at 3:1.  The SWR for most bands on the antennas mentioned above will typically be at or above 2:1 when using a 1:1 balun.  Consequently the power rating of this unit should be used as a baseline for calculations using your actual SWR as measured where the balun is installed.

N connectors and mounting options are available in "Accessories & Connectors" section of our website

IMPORTANT: This balun is NOT wound with the normal 50 ohm pair, rather the design criteria is maximizing inter-conductor breakdown voltage which results in a 97 ohm pair.  Consequently, this balun is intended primarily for use with ladder line/open wire fed multiband antennas such as doublets and loops where there will be a wide range of impedance values generated across multiple bands and with a tuner required for the final match. Use with coaxial fed monoband wire or beam antennas is NOT recommended.

Typically this balun is utilized with a tuner that can easily match a wide set of impedance values.  If you have a tuner with limited range, consider using the Model 4116 balun to reduce the required impedance match and thereby assist the tuner.   Click on the graph below to view the full choking impedance curve.

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Testing done with an AIM-4170uhf Network Analyzer

For a good graphical explanation of why this design works well, read through Steve's (G3TXQ) website page


 Design Criteria

- T match antenna tuners perform quite poorly if the resistive component of load impedance is very low, even worse if there is also a high capacitive reactive component. This is a common load found in shortened dipoles fed with open wire line.

- The traditional approach is to use a 4:1 balun on such antennas, but antenna tuner loss is worse with low resistive loads.

- The need to tolerate high voltages occurs when the balun happens to be located near a differential voltage maximum.

- Ability to generate high choking impedance for effective reduction of common mode current.

- Balun is intended for use with an antenna tuner which will manage SWR and transformation mismatches.

- Differential insertion loss is not significant in this application, the dissipation in a current balun is primarily from the common mode current which is installation dependent and not easily predicted


  Core Material   Custom mix ferrite from Fair Rite Products.
  Large 2.4 inch core is coated and sealed for long term durability.
  Winding Type   Bifilar pair 1:1 current balun at 97 ohms wound on single core.
  Winding Material   Heavy gauge Essex polyamideimide Allex 240 Winding Wire wire inserted in teflon tubes.
  Breakdown voltage in excess of 10kv
  Power Rating   1 to 31 MHz - 2kW in to resonant load  32 to 54 MHz - 1.5kW, 2kW intermittnet.  
  Useable Frequency   1 to 54 MHz
  Insertion Loss   Less than 0.1db
  Connectors   SO-239 connectors are gold center conductor 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 utilizes integral neoprene gasket for weatherproof integrity.
 Dimensions  4x4x2 inches for main body of unit
 Dimensional Drawing of Standard Enclosure
 Additional Info  Very high efficiency.  Light weight 1lb 2oz total. 

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