12 to 50 ohm matching transformer

The DK7ZB 12 to 50 ohm coaxial matching transformer

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Authors such as DK7ZB need no introduction, so we’ll link directly to the page here. For HF you’d normally consider a hairpin match, but at VHF and UHF this fully symmetrical solution is king.

You can find all the info you need to create a world-beating 12 to 50 ohm match with ease.
For a 12 to 50 ohms impedance transformation, 2 equal lengths of 50 ohm coaxial cables are used. Link below.

The DK7ZB 12 to 50 ohm coaxial matching transformer

A Simple Modification –
Changing a ‘4 to 1’ Balun into a ‘1 to 4’ Balun

As an alternative, here’s a simple modification to change your 4:1 Guanella Current balun into a 1:4 Guanella Current Balun. This type of balun can be ideal for low impedance Yagis or any other antenna where an impedance transformation from 12.5 to 50 ohms is required.

Take a look here at our article on designing a good high-power 4:1 current balun, then come back to this page. Below is the simple wiring requirement.

If you think about it, let’s reverse the input and output so rather than a 4 to 1 impedance transformation [200 to 50 ohms], we swap it to a ‘1 to 4’ impedance transformation – that’s 12.5 to 50 ohms. In essence what was the ‘output‘ now becomes the ‘input‘ and vice-versa. All pretty straightforward really, but here’s a diagram that simplifies the description.

Using the design of our 4 to 1 Balun – we reverse the input and output as above giving 12.5 ohms on the output