# Re: Polarity questions

• Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Polarity questions
• From: Edward Cole <kl7uw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
• Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 10:07:03 -0800

```I am surprized no one caught the error!  I even gave you a clue in
the sentence after the computations.

the formula for 1/4 WL = Vf * 248/Fmhz, not Vf * 492/Fmhz
So if you make your 144-MHz phasing line 27 inches of RG-11, it WILL
be too long!

It is true that manufacturing variations in Vf occur from roll to
roll of coax.  If you can measure it, this is prefferable to assuming
the mfr's data.  But, using the published numbers is fine if you do
not have special equipment.

73, Ed - KL7UW

At 09:59 PM 9/19/2008, Edward Cole wrote:

>You are making too much of a big deal out of this.  Velocity factor
>is published by coax manufacturers so you do not need instruments to
>get close.
>1/4 WL = Vf * 492/Fmhz in feet
>1/4 WL (RG-213) = 0.66 * 492/144 = 2.25 feet or 27-inches
>
>If you are off 5% it will not destroy the circularity.  Most hams get
>it "close enough".  Of course if you are off by a quarter wavelength
>or more it will matter (20-inches at 144-MHz).
>GL
>
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