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AO-40 Helix Feed ...How many turns ???



Well I am happy to report I am back up on AO-40 again with full sky
coverage now.
I just worked NN6T, JA1CG and VK2AWD on CW using a 24 X 33 Inch BBQ dish
and 5 turn helix tin can feed.
I removed the dipole and designed a mount to add my favorite helix feed.

I was wondering if there is a optimum amount of turns a helix feed
should have. 
I had a few people claiming that 2 1/2 to 3 turns is optimum. Is this
pretty much a rule of thumb ?? 
I am presently using 5 turns, should I scale it back to 2 to 3 turns ??



K7XQ   Jeff   Atwater, CA.
Grid: CM97qi
EME, Satellites, Meteor Scatter
JT-44, FSK441 ( WSJT ) , CW

144 MHz: 4 X 3 W.L. 800 Watts single 3CX800A7
Initials: 61

432 MHz: 2 X 9 W.L. 800 Watts 2 X 4CX400A7
Initials: 5

1296 MHz: 3.1 M Dish 150 Watts 2 X 2C39 water-cooled
Minimum dish elevation of 20 degrees :<
Initials: 22

K7XQ Homepage: http://www.elite.net/~k7xq/k7xq.html

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