A general-purpose 1:1 Current Balun for use on HF with your 100w transceiver. This design uses sturdy screw-eyes for strain-relief on your Dipole wires plus top-mounted terminals catering for balanced-feeder on a Doublet or G5RV. You could also position it at the base of a resonant vertical - to act as a choke/isolator. An effective Balun should be resistive across the frequency range being used - and our choice of an FT140-43 (31-mix is not available in this smaller size) toroid is suited from 5MHz up to 30MHz.
If you're bringing balanced feeder into the Shack, you can also use this in place of the internal Balun found in most ATUs which are usually 4:1 Voltage Baluns and not always ideal. In this instance, the coax to the ATU should be as short as possible.
Weather-proof - inside is filled with potting compound. All fixings are stainless-steel.
Made (and used) by us - Be weary of any supplier who can't (or won't) tell you what's inside the box you buy!
Running more power and/or want better performance on 160/80/60m? We also offer a 400-watt version... - we also advise using this model if you are trying to "squeeze" more from a *small* Dipole/Doublet on a low band, eg: 160m/80m.
Choosing a Balun
We are often asked "what balun should I use?" by customers - here's our simple guide to choosing the right one:
Baluns - What/Why?
It's good practice to put a Bal(anced)Un(balanced) where coax meets aerial or balanced-feeder. A Balun will help prevent "common-mode current" on the outer of the coaxial braid - This is vital to ensure that RF does not flow down the coax, turn it into part of the antenna system and give you "RF in the Shack". Using a 1:1 Current Balun at the junction of balanced-feeder+coax is preferable, in most cases, to a 4:1 Balun - and certainly better than the internal 4:1 (voltage) balun found in many tuners!
We do not advise the use of "ugly chokes" (air-cored coils of coax) for use at HF - these do not offer a consistent choking impedance and, in some cases, can actually increase common-mode current! Simply put - Use a 43 or 31 mix ferrite toroid and a coax of a suitable power rating. At VHF, a few turns of coax is perfectly adequate - for 50MHz/70MHz, Aerial Parts of Colchester offer a ready-made choke for a yagi.