Built my first 4:1 toroidal balun this week

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I kept pricing out higher powered 4:1 baluns and found that for what they were, I could buy the parts on line way cheaper than a new one would cost so I bought the toroids and a 5" square plastic electrical box and built one myself.

I already had the wire (14AWG w/teflon insulation), an SO239 connector and some rugged 5 way banana posts.

The first two attempts weren't very pretty but three times is a charm. I learned some tricks along the way and damned if the third one doesn't work very nicely. The article I used said that it would be good up to 2KW...I'll take their word for it.

Cost for a new 2KW Guanella 4:1 current balun was around $90...total cost of parts to build one was $28 plus about two hours of (mostly) fun work.

Yep...I'm cheap.
 
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Photo? I’d love to see the final work of art?
Even some build photos would be nice.
Always like to see radio stuff folks make.

AE1Y
 

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Photo? I’d love to see the final work of art?
Even some build photos would be nice.
Always like to see radio stuff folks make.

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I'll post some this weekend...I'm heading to the rack here pretty soon. I am beat. I didn't take any pics of the build though wish I had. I built this one according to some plans I found online...I used artistic liberties (like using wire I had, not the solid insulated magnet wire wire they used).

Here's the link that I built from:

http://www.cvarc.org/resources/Tech_Articles/dual_core_balun_construction_project.pdf
 
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