Midland Amateur Radio Society

G3MAR • RSGB Affiliated Amateur Radio Group • Birmingham, UK

Coax as Balanced Feeder

Using two lengths of coax as twin feed

If you are in a situation where using ladder line or open wire feeder is not an option or difficult where you have to run it through a wall and you cannot screen it, then consider using coax two pieces of identical length which can be run almost anywhere.

For a wire delta loop or dipole simple connect the inner cores of the coax cables one to each side of the antenna at the feed point and join the braids from each length together and insulate with electrical tape or heat shrink.

Run the two lengths of coax into your shack as required attach the inner cores to each side of your Balun 1/1 or 4/1 and join the braids of each length together again the same as the feed point and insulate them .

Then use a patch lead to connect your Balun to your ATU as normal unless your ATU has an inbuilt Balun where you can connect the feeder directly

I’m Very Well Thank You


Told by Jim Moy, M1CPC (SK)
Written by Constance O’Neon (1953)


There’s nothing the matter with me,

I’m as healthy as can be,

I have arthritis in both my knees,

And when I talk – I talk with a wheeze.

My pulse is weak and my blood is thin,

But – I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in!


Arch supports I have for my feet

Or I wouldn’t be able to be out on the street.

Sleep is denied me night after night

But every morning I find I’m alright.

My memory’s failing, my head’s in a spin

But – I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in!


The moral is this – as my tale I unfold

That for you and me who are getting old,

It’s better to say ‘I’m fine’ with a grin

Of all the grand places my ‘got up’ has bin

Old age is golden I’ve heard it said!


But sometimes I wonder as I get into bed

With my ears in a drawer, my teeth in a cup,

My specs on a table until I get up,

‘Ere sleep overtakes me I say to myself

Is there anything else I could lay on the shelf?


When I was young my slippers were red

I could kick my heels right over my head;

When I was older my slippers were blue

But I could dance the whole night through!


Now I am old my slippers are black,

I walk to the shop and puff my way back.

I get up each morning and dust off my wits

And pick up the paper to read the ‘obits’

If my name is still missing, I know I’m not dead!


Given to 2E0EXV by M1CPC Jim Moy (SK).

Club Net

Just as a reminder to all when participating in club net we shall be adopting the radio etiquette of using your call sign at the beginning and end of your transmission together with the call sign of who you are passing it over to.  This should save any confusion. Please also leave a gap of about 4 seconds between overs so anyone wishing to join in is able to call in with ‘break’ and their callsign.


Business as Usual

You’d be forgiven for thinking that nothing is happening at MARS after browsing this site but that couldn’t be further from the truth. We have recently finished teaching an Intermediate Level course with a number of students having already passed the exam and have their 2E0 callsigns. We’ve had Foundation Level exam passes, video nights, impromptu presentations and much more.

If you have been thinking of visiting us to join in the fun or just find out more about amateur radio, please come along on any Wednesday evening where we guarantee a warm welcome. Please see www.midlandars.org.uk/meetings for more information on times and where to find us.

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