If I build a folded dipole, it will have an impedance close to 300 ohms. I have to match this impedance to the 50 ohms of my transceiver. I know many people match that impedance with varying lengths and combinations of ladder lines, 75 ohm coax, etc.
But let's assume I use a balun. I suppose the balun should be a 6 to 1 type, since it will be matching 300 to 50 ohms. Is this correct?
For most designs I've seen, the balun is placed at the antenna feedpoint, so there is only coax going from the receiver to the antenna, and this is most likely the way I'm going to implement it. What would happen if ladder line is used instead? If I use ladder line, could the balun be placed anywhere, and the rest be coax? I would assume there should be no problem as long as the antenna and feed line are 300 ohms, and the coax is 50 ohms, a 6:1 balun could be placed anywhere and it would not change performance. Probably even have less loss because of ladder line.