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6600, PGXL and TGXL Configuration for 6 Meters

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Geoff AB6BT
Geoff AB6BT Member ✭✭✭
edited May 11 in Tuner Genius XL

The title is a bit short so, here is my question…

Currently I have the Ant1 port on the 6600 connected to PGXL Input A, and Output A connected to the input of a 1x3 TGXL. Lets say I have ANT1 on the TGXL connected to a tri-band Yagi and ANT2 connected to a 40 Meters dipole. This all works as expected. ANT3 is unused. PGXL Input B and Outpuy B are unused.

I also have the Ant2 port on the 6600 connected directly to a 6 Meter Yagi. I can listen on 6 Meters and HF simultaneously. OK so far…

What I'm trying to figure out is to put the PGXL and TGXL in the 6 meter path and keeping the same capability.

I'll stop there as I have a couple ideas, but I'm looking for similar setups that work.

Answers

  • Rick N4RZ
    Rick N4RZ Member ✭✭✭
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    • The problem is the 1x3 TGXL.
    • 1) If the SWR on the 6M Yagi is good you could run Ant 2 on the radio to input Port B on the PGXL and hook the 6M Yagi up to output Port B on the PGXL. This method omits the TGXL however.

    2) You could place a high-power antenna switch on the 6M Yagi and manually switch it between Ant3 on the TGXL and Ant2 on the radio. The issue with this is the radio remembers the antenna port it used the last time and you would have to make sure it is set right each time after you switch.

    3) My final solution is the most expensive but works great. Swap the 1x3 TGXL for the SO2R version and get a 2X8 AGXL switch. Any two antennas then can be used on the radio antenna port of your choosing with the tuner in line or not without any additional cabling or having to remember to flip a manual switch.

    73

    Rick N4RZ

  • Geoff AB6BT
    Geoff AB6BT Member ✭✭✭
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    Hi Rick —- Thank you for your suggestions.

    Your idea #1 is the most workable in the short term. I probably don't need the TGXL for the 6 meter antenna.

    Idea #2 brings up the promlem of having to remember the changes I need to make. It is certainly possible however in convenient. Perhaps with a bit more thought I could program a microcontroller or RPi to handle the details.

    Idea #3 is elegant but as you say expensive.

    I appreciate you taking time to reply.

  • David Decoons, wo2x
    David Decoons, wo2x Member, Super Elmer Moderator
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    as Rick said, if your 6 meter antenna is resonant where you operate then Radio ant2 to PG XL B in. 6 meter antenna to PG XL Ant B out. Use radio ant 1 for HF and radio ant 2 for 6 meters.

    Long term look at SO2R tuner and AG 2x8. Gives you more flexibility to use any two antennas at once with tuner available on 6 for when you migrate higher in the band.

    Dave wo2x

  • Geoff AB6BT
    Geoff AB6BT Member ✭✭✭
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    Thanks Dave, that is what I'll most likely do for now.

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