Rotten based on recovered signal strength. A low efficiency antenna that
can require a low noise preamp because the typical HF receiver has
relatively poor sensitivity due to the normal level of atmospheric noise
on an antenna like a dipole is much greater than the signal or noise
from the Beverage. The Beverage is superb for LF directivity which can
often give a greatly improved S/N if the receiver has a low enough noise
to hear it.
73, Jerry, K0CQ
On 12/3/2010 6:22 PM, Rick - NJ0IP / DJ0IP wrote:
> Jerry, thanks for the clarity on the ground.
> I wasn't sure if the ground stake for the termination was considered to be
> an RF or DC ground.
> As for the performance of the Beverage, with all due respect, the Beverage
> is an outstanding antenna, not a rotten antenna.
> I guess I have about 200 co-members of our contest club who have witnessed
> this to, used it time and again.
> On our larger contest DX-peditions we always put up at least 4 beverages.
> They are fed by a splitter which enables multiple receivers to use the same
> beverage, even if they are on different bands.
> We hear stuff on the beverage that we can't hear with the verticals, dipoles
> or 4-Squares.
> I have seen and done this countless times, so I'm not sure why you think
> it's a rotten antenna.
> For home use, many of our guys use the K9AY "terminated" loop.
> Its performance is inferior to a beverage, but on a small city lot, it also
> enables hearing weak signals on the low bands which you do not pick up on
> the transmit antenna.
> Perhaps someone will argue that the resistor introduces some additional
> loss, even on receive, but that is a mute point. Without it you would not
> have an antenna whose "signal to noise ratio" on that band at that location
> is superior to anything else you have.
> I'm curious why you said the Beverage is rotten ???
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