Wow! John Brune and his sidekick John Gratalo are the guys that I ran
into at Lakehurst NAEC in 1981 where they were flight testing the
system. I didn't know that they were famous. When their project was
done, John Brune kindly sent me a copy of their report AVRADCOM
Technical Report 81-3). The report includes details of the antenna
design plus lots of NVIS flight test data.
in 1996 Worldradio published a NVIS book consisting mostly of reprints
of articles from Army Communicator magazine by David Fiedler and Edward
Even so, a lot of hams don't know about NVIS, perhaps because most ham
publications and antenna literature emphasize low radiation angles for
DX, rather than antennas optimized to cover a "service area".
On 1/1/2011 2:26 PM, Dr. Gerald N. Johnson wrote:
> Thank you. And since it was used for tactical communications in combat
> it probably was essentially classified for a while. Known only to US DOD
> and friendly forces by that name, though the concept was known long
> before Nam. Likely FM24-18 and training circulars of that era were also
> not public documents for the same reasons. Which kept the name out of
> vendor's catalogs until Brian Collins' paper in 1988.
> And we should remember that any antenna deployed works better than one
> left in the box.
> 73, Jerry, K0CQ
> On 1/1/2011 3:11 AM, Steve Hunt wrote:
>> Following extracted from a discussion on the Yahoo NVIS discussion group:
>> "I believe George Hagn was the
>> first to use the term, "near vertical incidence skywave" in 1967 and
>> Sol Pearlman at Ft. Monmouth to use the acronym "NVIS" in 1973 or 74.
>> However, it may have been John Brune at theFt. Monmouth Antenna
>> measurement range who designed the Transline Antennas for Army
>> Steve G3TXQ
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