DX Engineering Maxi-Core® 20 Baluns and Feedline Chokes DXE-MC20-C4-1

DX Engineering Maxi-Core® 20 Baluns and Feedline Chokes DXE-MC20-C4-1
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DX Engineering Maxi-Core® 20 4:1 Current Choke Balun DXE-MC20-C4-1


Maxi-Core® 20 Baluns and Feedline Chokes reduce or eliminate currents on the outside of your feedline allowing you to hear and to be heard much better. They keep more RFI/BCI out of your antenna and receiver and transfer more of your transmitted signal to the antenna for higher efficiency, the best antenna pattern and maximum performance. Hear and be heard with DXE Maxi-Core® 20 Baluns and Feedline Chokes!


The DXE-MC20-C4-1 is the standard 4:1 Current Choke Balun that is ideal for use on antennas with a 200 ohm feedpoint. This is the best balun choice for use on resonant full-wave loops, long wires, and may also be used with any impedance ladder line fed antenna system with high impedance. This model tolerates operation at high SWR on non-resonant multi-band antennas with a wide range antenna tuner, so this model is the 4:1 "Tuner" Balun.

For other antenna and ladder line applications, click Suggested Parts above or click here: Balun/Choke Selection Chart. Descriptions of each Maxi-Core® 20 model appear below.

DX Engineering Maxi-Core® 20 - 4:1 Balun

DXE-MC-C4-1 - DX Engineering Maxi-Core® 20 - 4:1 Balun

 


Maxi-Core® 20 Baluns feature 1/4-20 stainless steel hardware and a high quality silver-plated PTFE dielectric SO-239 (UHF female) input connector. The SO-239 connector limits power handling to 5 kW or less at low SWR and reduced power at elevated SWR. These baluns and the feedline chokes exhibit very low insertion loss and inherently low SWR. Maxi-Core ® 20 Baluns are built into a convenient weather resistant NEMA enclosure that is mounted easily with optional brackets. They have weep holes at all four corners of the “bottom” side of the enclosure, so they work properly for vertical or horizontal mounting for all types of antennas.


Optional mounting brackets and plates that are also listed in the suggested parts tab include:

DXE-WA-BMB for wire antennas, which allows the addition of a Coax Strain Relief

DXE-MC20K-BRKT for verticals or beam antenna mounting perpendicular to the boom for better performance


Signaling a new era of RF performance across the 1.8 to 54 MHz frequency range, DX Engineering Maxi-Core® 20 Baluns and Feedline Chokes handle full-legal-power-plus and provide higher common mode impedance (CMI) across a greater frequency range than competing models and even previous DX Engineering and Comtek models. Years of R&D coupled with major advancements in test equipment and techniques combined with custom ferrite materials have allowed our engineering team to design the DX Engineering Maxi-Core® 20 Baluns and Feedline Chokes.


Common mode impedance (CMI), also known as choking impedance, is a measure of how well a Balun or Feedline Choke reduces exterior RF currents traveling through it and on the outside of the coaxial cable. Unwanted RF signal and noise currents that travel on the outside of the coax will re-radiate signals directly to your antenna and then travel to your receiver. Even with a Feedline Isolator (choke) or Balun at the antenna end of the transmission line, many times a Feedline Isolator is necessary at the transceiver side in order to squelch the noise currents picked up by the feedline on the way to the radio.


Modern testing methods clearly show that coiled coax, sometimes known as an “ugly balun,” and inexpensive baluns provide minimal CMI over just narrow frequency segments of the HF range. DX Engineering Maxi-Core® 20 Baluns maintain a much higher CMI over the 160 meter through 6 meter bands.


Maxi-Core® 20 Baluns and Chokes have high CMI across the AM Broadcast band and the HF/6M spectrum, which is essential to provide sufficient suppression of unwanted transmitted and received RFI/BCI current on the feedline shield exterior. Hear and be heard with DXE Maxi-Core® 20 Baluns and Feedline Chokes!


NOTE: Polarity markings on baluns are used for matching phase on balanced antennas when stacking beams for a phased array. Also, the positive terminal should be connected to a radiating element or long wire and the negative terminal should be connected to the radial system, counterpoise, ground plane or ground. For most regular applications on a single balanced antenna, including beams, dipoles and most wire antennas, balun polarity doesn't matter.


DXE-MC20-1-1 Maxi-Core® 20 - 1:1 Current Choke Balun - For all HF-6m balanced antennas with a 50 ohm feedpoint, including resonant dipoles, loops, Yagis, beams, etc.

DXE-MC20-FC  Maxi-Core® 20 - 1:1 Feedline Choke – This high CMI line isolator is perfect for use in line on 50 ohm coaxial feedlines, at the antenna, at the tower and at the shack end of the feedline.

DXE-MC20-1-1T  Maxi-Core® 20 - 1:1 Current Choke Balun – This 1:1 "T" model is for force feeding antennas with a tuner. Use it at the end of ladder line of any impedance or mounted on a coax fed non-resonant antenna. This model tolerates operation at high SWR on non-resonant multi-band antennas. Typically, for higher efficiency, this is the balun to use at the end of any impedance ladder line that is feeding a non-resonant doublet. If higher losses are acceptable, it may be mounted on a coax fed antenna. This model tolerates operation at high SWR on non-resonant multi-band antennas. But, in either case, not all frequencies are available on a single dipole, as this is a choke balun, not a tuner.

DXE-MC20-C4-1  Maxi-Core® 20 - 4:1 Current Choke Balun - For use on antennas with a 200 ohm feedpoint and on any impedance ladder line, especially antenna systems with higher impedance. This model tolerates operation at high SWR on non-resonant multi-band antennas.

DXE-MC20-V4-1   Maxi-Core® 20 - 4:1 Voltage Balun -  A 200 ohm to 50 ohm transformer for use on random long-wire and OCF antenna applications. This true voltage balun is intentionally designed with low CMI for antennas that need a transformer without RF choking for easier antenna tuner operation. This model tolerates moderately elevated SWR.

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