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Author Topic: The Squid - Universal Matching Transformer for Beverage / Random wire Antennas  (Read 3783 times)

Offline ChrisSmolinski

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This is what I've used for a while with my beverage antenna, with great results. I've had others ask about buying one, so now here it is!

Full details and ordering information here: http://blackcatsystems.com/rf-products/matching-transformer-unun-balun-beverage-longwire-k9ay-flag-ewe-dipole-antenna-shortwave-ham-radio.html

The big advantage over a regular matching transformer that only handles one impedance is this one has a tapped transformer. So it can match a wide range of antennas. And you don't even need to know your antenna's impedance, try the combinations and pick the best one. And if your antenna changes, you don't need a new transformer, just change the pair of wires you use. Easy!

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You're the Squidmeister?!? Cool. Clever idea. One Impedance Transformer to Rule Them All.  :o
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Al is skeert of it. He's afraid it might get his last hair.

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Fore-warned is four-armed.

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It looks like this one has six arms, Al. What's your plan now?

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Squid-lover.

It looks like this one has six arms, Al. What's your plan now?

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Squid-lover.

It looks like this one has six arms, Al. What's your plan now?

Nah, manatee. The neighbor's wife came home from vacation Friday, saw the howling monstrosity in their pool and shot it. There was a neighborhood manatee roast this afternoon that is still going on.

There's a helluva lot of meat on a manatee and the oil from the blubber can drive the diesel generators of the neighbors for months. All in all, a good time was had by all.

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Thanks to a fast delivery from Black Cat Systems I'm using my Squid to tune my skyloop antenna just in time for pirate listening on long winter nights!  The wide variety of impedance options allows me to get the strongest signal for the frequencies I'm interested in. The Squid's heavy-duty construction is great for experimenting, since I don't have to worry about "wearing out" the connectors like I do with other transformers I've purchased in the past.  This is a great product and well worth the money. 
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