Originally Posted by Derek_S
For the conductor match, when you say it replace the 1st 1/4 turn, you mean that where the helix at the very top (or end) ends exactly there on teh bottom near the reflector, is where the match begins, right?
Yes, it replaces the first 1/4 turn all together. Attach your coil to the insdie of that tube instead of the top. Also, the end of your first turn should end at 2-1/8" above the ground plane. Thus the first turn spacing will be a little off due to the conductor being parallel rather than tapered. Just be certain that it ends at the right place.
I will do some experimenting with a more easily repaetable match that maintains the coil integrity through the first turn. The tapered match works, but is hard to get perfect.