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# Re: Metal vs. Fiberglass Boom

```> A crossed yagi antenna connected for circular polarization
> has two components at 90 deg out of phase wich resultant is
> a vector that rotates in the space 2 x 3,14 x f  every second
> or 360 degrees x frequency in Hz  every second.
>
> Now if you have  the 2 meter antenna in + configuration and
> the 70 cm antenna in X configuration or both in X configuration
> or both in + cofiguration the isolation between the antennas is
> the same because the above 2 meters and 70 cm vectors rotates.
> like a two bladed propeller.
>
> The same is true if you use a metal boom,no matter if you put the
> elements in X configuration or + configuration because in any
> case the EM rotating vector of circular polarizazion sees the metallic
> boom or better is obscurated by it,or cross it one time for every
> cycle of the exiciting frequency.
>
> To demostrate that X is better than + configuration is necessary
> to demostrate first for what physical law the resultant EM rotating
> vector on X configuration should not see the metallic boom crossing
>  it every cycle of the exciting frequency.
>
> 73" de i8CVS Domenico

This is true outside the near field, but within the near field near the
actual elements, there may well be different interaction between antenna
and boom in X and + configurations.  Modeling the near field is far more
complex and usually not necessary, but in this case, you definitely have
to look at least at the portion immediately surrounding the boom.  You
can mount a Yagi perpendicular to a metal boom because the plane
perpendicular to a Yagi's elements lies completely within a deep null in
the E-field -- this has been experimentally proven and a number of long
boom Yagi manufacturers exploit this by adding diagonal braces within
this plane.  The nulls in the near field of a crossed Yagi CP antenna
are much more complex and the effects of a metal boom in the near field
would be very difficult to predict and strongly dependent on the exact
positioning of both.

Only way to really settle this question is to test this on a range ..

Heard from a flight instructor:
"The only dumb question is the one you DID NOT ask, resulting in my
going out and having to identify your bits and pieces in the midst of
torn and twisted metal."

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