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Subject: [TowerTalk] DOVETRON Stealth
From: Michael Tope" < (Michael Tope)
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 01:42:48 -0800
Hi Bob, 

I would put this thing in the same category as the guy who charges cancer
patients to pump ozone up their butts. As with any con job, there is a kernel
of truth to what he is selling - the concept of exciting your house wiring as
an antenna is reasonably sound. It would be far from an optimum antenna 
system, but it will radiate. In absence of any other conducting structure, its 
probably better than nothing.

All the other stuff about quadrature excitation, isotropic point sources, and
low angle radiation is pure fantasy. The idea that you could somehow couple
into a random electrical wiring structure and claim "a prior" that an isotropic
pattern would result is beyond the pale. Some people are shameless.

I bought an old Dentron Super Super Tuner at a hamfest a few years back for
$50. In most cases it will handle the output of my Drake L7 and it will load my
80 meter dipole on 160 - 10 (sometimes I have to add a piece of jumper coax 
between the antenna and tuner to change the impedance to something matchable). 
Save yourself $500 and buy yourself a used T or PI network for $50.  

73 de Mike, W4EF............................

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From: "Bob Boyd" <>
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Sent: Monday, March 12, 2001 2:30 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] DOVETRON Stealth

> While being a firm believer in "there is no free lunch, and rarely a cheap
> one", I am curious!
> Has anyone ever tried, or know anyone who has tried, the DOVETRON Stealth
> system?  see
> I think this may be the same outfit which produced the DOVETRON MPC-1000
> RTTY terminal units of 15-20 years ago.  Those units REALLY worked well, so
> I'm really curious about this system.  I often have to go work somewhere for
> six months or so, and it's tough to find a place where one can put up
> antenna while in temporary rental quarters.  This would allow me to live
> anywhere and still get on the air!
> ALL comments are welcome to, and I will summarize for the
> reflectors.  Thanks in advance!  I remain a skeptic, but am always hoping
> for good news.
> Bob Boyd - W1VXV
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