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[antennaware] Ground characteristics

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Subject: [antennaware] Ground characteristics
From: (Gary Breed)
Date: Wed, 8 Dec 1999 17:08:26 -0500

You supplied food for thought, but I'm looking for a simpler answer!

My antenna is a long way from the iron core of the earth, so that's
not an issue here. And I am only concerned with the near-field -- the
losses due to the currents in the dielectric under my antennas.

All I want to know is why my simple counterpoise seems to work better
than expected. Is the particular earth composition at my location a
contributor to this behavior? If it is, then I may elect to install a
modest (and inexpensive) ground system under my permanent antennas.

If not, I will accept my good fortune with the simpler antennas,
install a much more extensive ground system under the new ones and
anticipate even better performance on the low bands.

Gary, K9AY

>There isn't any program I've used as yet that will model the earth
>properly.  And thats as it should be to the large degree in my opinion.
>When talking about the low bands were incapable of more than near field
>ground improvements.  The antenna sees it's environment as much larger
>as it should be. A program that helps you see it better is called Ytad.
>The earth has an iron core base.  As such it cannot become insulator like
>to the antenna nor disappear.  Except only possibly to a degree in the
>near field. Out beyond the radial system  in theory for instance it
>And even my last statement is full of it unless the radial system is a
>sheet of conductor.  Anyway,  it's better for you to look at the earth
>as being primarily consisting of near and far field effects on the
>antenna where the near effect our impedance matching concerns as well as
>issues. And the Far Field which actually define the antenna's own
>modifications likewise. You only have limited control of the near field
>at best.

>Thankfully thru mathematics we can always return to freespace where we
>aren't taxed by any real estate owners, fault lines, oceans, lakes, trees,
>varmits, ect...  Thankfully our planet is under constant geological and
>biological, also manmade change.   Hope this helps you out?
>73,    Jerry                           
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>        'Y2K ?   Because 1k is 3 decibels down in amplitude. 9991 krr2ak'

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