Thanks for your interesting question. The best answer I can give you
is... that I have just received word from the author that the very
tests we all would love to see run are indeed underway. I can't as yet
divulge the parties undertaking the effort but I can assure you they
are known to all of us. As a result, a major paper is due to be
presented at the next Dayton Hamvention. I will definitely be there for
that... and to meet as many of you in person as I can.
Stay tuned for more! The fun is just beginning... or rather, has been
underway for a while now!
>You bring up an interesting point. Periodically, at different locations
>around the country, there is something called a mobile shoot-out. The
>mobile operators gather and run antenna tests with their various
>mobile antenna types. I think they use a common wattmeter to
>set the power level to a common level and fixed locations for the
>source and receiver/measuring unit.
>It would seem to me their results might be somewhat consistent.
>Why could something similar not be done at some of the larger
>contest stations which may have a variety of different antennas?
>Where some popular antennas are missing, maybe they could
>be made available from club members or even the manufacturers
>Heck, I've heard of some clubs on the east coast that have upwards
>of a couple of hundred members. It would seem to me that at any
>one time, there would be a couple of different beam antennas on
>the ground for one reason or another and might lend themselves
>to being placed on reference tower and applied with a reference
>power level and received at a reference site with a reference antenna,
>reference receiver, and reference measuring and recording device.
>That would be very interesting.....
>Dale Martin, KG5U
Just about half-way between NYC and Philly!
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