Iron Powder Cores

Hybrid 4:1 Current Balun + 1:1 Current Balun in one enclosure, 1.8-61 MHz, 1.5/3/5KW PEP - Loop, OCF Antennas

SKU CB-4-1-1500
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After many requests we have created a compact, special balun for Off Center Fed (OCF) and loop (Skyloop or Delta loop) antennas. The CB-4-1-1500 is a CUBE(TM) enclosure containing a multi-core, broadband 4:1 impedance transformer in series with a 1:1 current balun for extra common mode current choking to keep RF current off the outside of the coax braid and on the antenna where it belongs. The extra choking action also means that the coax feed line will not act as a radiator causing unnecessary RF interference (RFI). Rated for full 1500 watts PEP and 450 watts CW (ICAS). 1.8Mhz – 61 MHz.

The CB-4-1-3000(3KW) and CB-4-1-5000 (5KW) versions have a frequency range of 1.8-31 MHz and do not cover 6 meters.

CB-4-1-1500 is housed in a 4” x 4” x 2” waterproof housing with SO-239 input and stainless steel eye bolts on the side for ease of connection to your wire antenna. Top eye bolt acts as an antenna hoist.

3KW and 5KW are in 6" x 6" x 4" enclosure. 1.5KW is 3 pounds, 3KW is 4 pounds, 5KW is 5 pounds.

For OCF antennas we recommend a 21%/79% offset for best all band results. If you use 66%/34% offset, do not use on 15 meters as the impedance mismatch will damage the balun. Loop antennas should be cut for 1005/F(MHz) in total length, where F (MHz) is the lowest frequency to be used. For 3.5MHz this equates to 288 feet.

Customer testimonial:

Callsign: NE5U Your CB-4-1500G5RV +1:1 Choke made my homebrew, hail mary, 3 times folded 75m resonant attic dipole into a functional antenna from 6m to 160m. Most bands I can operate with no RFI. I've installed ferrites at all of the usual locations but still have some problem bands. Considering that the antenna is, at best, an NVIS antenna, I have made a lot of DX contacts (SSB, FT8 and other digital modes, and CW). Happy customer here. 73

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Iron Cores 150x150 - Iron Powder CoresIron powder cores are more stable than ferrites and do not saturate as easily so they are best for tuned circuits, filters, and high power inductors. They come in different “Mixes” for use at different frequencies. For best “Q” use the Mix specified for your frequency.To find the number of turns to give the desired inductance for your coil use the formula below:


Turns = 100 x iron core formula 300x14 - Iron Powder Cores

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To order specify core size and mix (e.g. T200A-2). Available in sizes that have µH per 100 turns shown in table.

All iron powder cores are special orders.  Please allow one week for shipment after order received.

The iron powder cores shown in the above tables are primarily used for either high power feed line chokes for common mode current reduction or for 4:1  and 9;1 very high power transmission line transformers.

For high power feed line chokes, choose the inside diameter of the iron powder core closest to the transmission line outside diameter and use 6-20 cores at the junction with the antenna feed.

For 4:1 (50/200 or 75/300 ohm) transmission line transformers in the range of 1.8-30 Mhz, select the size appropriate for the power level as follows:

T200A x 2 = 1.5KW

T300A x 2 = 2.5KW

T400A x 2 = 5KW

Use Mix 2 for all the above transmission line transformers.  Fully assembled and enclosed units are available for each of the power levels.  Click HERE for information.

4:1 transmission line transformers using iron powder cores are typically used for ladder line to 50 ohm coax connections

For .1 – 2 Mhz wide band transformers use Mix 26 which has a higher permeability and requires less turns to achieve a given inductance. Mix 2 has almost constant permeability from 1-30 Mhz.  Mix 26 has an initial permeability of 75 at .1 Mhz and gradually decreases to about 10 at 30 Mhz.  For high power AM broadcast range (.5-1.7 Mhz) transformer, use Mix 26 to reduce the turn count.

Minimum order for iron powder cores is $50  

Shipping on larger cores in quantity may be more than $10 – email/call for quote.