4:1 Current Balun

4:1 Current Balun
Brand: Ham Goodies
Product Code: HG-BAL41QRP
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Price: £38.00
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A 4:1 Current Balun (Guanella) for use with OCFD, Loops and other situations where your aerial is around 200ohms. Do not be fooled by cheap (and poor design) single-core versions - only a twin-core will work as an effective Current Balun.  This means that you won't need any further choking (loops of coax, ferrite rings etc).

This "QRP" version is ideal for use "in the air" or for /P operating - it offers easy connection with eye-bolts for support and strain-relief. Can also be used to replace the (often flimsy) balun found in most tuners.

  • Designed for 5MHz to 30MHz (reduced choking on 80m)
  • 250-watt rating - we have a QRO version here
  • 2x FT140 ferrite cores
  • Filled with potting-compound for a complete weather-proof solution (picture above shows inside before potting)
  • 2 side eye-bolts for wire support
  • SO239 connector
  • 60x60x40mm
  • Weight: 150g

If you're using a Doublet or G5RV, a balun with a 1:1: ratio is advised unless you know the impedance of your aerial will benefit from a 4:1 ratio at the frequencies of interest. Our 1:1 Choke/Balun is availabe in either 100w or 400w versions.

Choosing a Balun
We are often asked "what balun should I use?" by customers - here's our simple guide to choosing the right one:

  • Resonant dipole, coax-fed - 1:1 Choke Balun (we have 100w and 400w versions)
  • Doublet fed with ladder-line - 1:1 Choke Balun or 4:1 Current Balun (most times, a 1:1 is preferable)
  • Random/long-wire down the garden (or up a pole) - UnUn, 9:1 is the common ratio, but our model offers 4, 9 and 16:1
  • Choking Coaxial Cable - 1:1 Line Isolator
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