Bramham Twelfth Wave Transformer Calculator
This CalcTown calculator calculates the precise electrical length of the twelfth-wave section.
The Twelfth-Wave Transformer is often a more convenient alternative to the more well-known quarter-wave transformer. It is not a new concept, being first publilshed in 1961, but it is relatively unknown in amateur radio circles.
With the twelfth-wave transformer, two lengths of cable are used in series, each electrically nearly one twelfth-wavelength, but of characteristic impedances equal to the two impedances Z1 and Z2 being matched. The figures below illustrate the difference between the twelfth-wave and a quarter-wave transformer.
The SWR bandwidth of the twelfth-wave transformer is very broad, and is comparable to the quarter-wave transformer.