An experienced educator and international business executive with expertise and a successful track record in the areas of business growth and recovery, technology leadership, mergers and acquisition, and international expansion. My passions include mathematics, writing, blogging, lecturing, antennas, transmission lines, digital design, software, energy scavenging, IIoT, law, and regulatory issues.

I am proud to have lead several talented engineering teams (engineers, programmers, and technicians) that have produced some highly innovative and successful product lines. I hold US and international patents/patents pending in the areas of antennas, cryptography and asset management as a result of the efforts of these teams.

I have sat in many chairs during my career including college instructor, senior reliability engineer, engineering manager, sales director, division director, general manager, vice president of engineering, managing director, and president. Currently I am enjoying my role as president of an electronic technology based firm.

My career has me traveling the world and I enjoy the many cultures, foods, and business aspects of my travels. My passport gets renewed because my double jumbo version has run out of pages for visas or entry stamps, rather than due to expiration. I have lived as an expat in the UK and more recently, Germany.

An amateur radio operator since 7th grade now holding the highest class license available from the FCC and a commercial FCC license holder with ship radar endorsement since freshman year in college.

I welcome opportunities to serve in a professional consulting or design capacity. You may reach me via w9iq@arrl.net.

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comment Why does ladder line generally have a lower loss than coaxial cable?
Can you elaborate, Mike as to why there is less current in a flat 450 ohm line?
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comment Why does ladder line generally have a lower loss than coaxial cable?
@BrianK1LI I edited to my question to clarify that the question is about HF. I hope that helps.
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comment Increasing the Number of Questions per Day
@KevinReidAG6YO It is a contentious topic, for sure. But I do think it has some merit related to my question. It would also be nice to lose the "beta".
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comment Why does ladder line generally have a lower loss than coaxial cable?
@MikeWaters I like this question too because most amateur radio books don't squarely address this topic. It does get you thinking, doesn't it?
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comment Why does ladder line generally have a lower loss than coaxial cable?
@MikeWaters That is true but if I check TLD, then the coax has double the loss of the generic 450 ohm window line.
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comment Why does ladder line generally have a lower loss than coaxial cable?
I thought that the dielectric losses at HF frequencies are near zero? For example, TLD reports that in 100 feet of LMR400 at 14 MHz, that the dielectric loss is only 0.003 dB. The generic 450 ohm mismatched window line in my example has a dielectric loss of 0.006 dB - double that of the coax.
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comment Why does ladder line generally have a lower loss than coaxial cable?
I am sure there will be variations between brands and the specific load impedances but I think it is still a fair generalization. TLD reports lower loss in my example for generic 450 ohm window line compared to Times Microwave LMR400.
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comment Why does ladder line generally have a lower loss than coaxial cable?
But doesn't the high SWR in my question mean the current is taking a lot of trips, albeit at a decreasing level of current for each trip?
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And if you were wondering who made that comment: animuson (moderator) top 0.07% overall I work for Stack Overflow as a Senior Product Support Specialist.
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From SE Meta: Actually, a year (maybe more) of analysis went into determining that 10 questions per day was a very good indicator of site stability. It wasn't just a random number that was made up. You can't just gloss over that metric like it's unimportant and irrelevant. Questions per day is highly relevant to a beta - it indicates that the topic is sustainable and that activity won't just drop off a cliff at some point. Also, beta does not mean "in development". A better definition would be a trial to evaluate its potential. – animuson
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