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Kenwood TS-450S won't load on new 20M dipole.

I just made and installed a 20M dipole (with 1:1 balun). The TS-450S loaded with no problems but after several transmissions refused to even come close to doing so. I've checked the antenna and all looks fine. Any clues?

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Surely you've checked connections, etc.----could balun have gone bad? Also are you using an external tuner? Lots of MFJ tuners will "screw up" once in a while. Open it up and inspect it

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