I have never understood how a balun or a unun works and under which situation I need to use either of them in an antenna feed line.


A balun matches a balanced load to an unbalanced line, but it can also do other useful things. A current balun can present a high impedance to common-mode signals, which will help reject noise. Common mode signals are the same on both conductors, so are not "balanced" or differential.

An unun is an impedance transformer, usually 4:1 or 9:1, which matches an unbalanced antenna to a feedline. A 9:1 transformer is often used for an end-fed half wave antenna.

This document by Jim Brown (K9YC) is long, but tremendously helpful in understanding baluns, chokes, and reducing RF noise:

"A Ham's Guide to RFI, Ferrites, Baluns, and Audio Interfacing"


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