I'm in the same boat - my beverages have been pretty sucky performers so far
this season. Only very occasionally have they been worth using.
I have also checked everything, and decided that it is conditions. Some have
reported their beverages working well, but they are in noisy locations. My
location is fairly quiet.
>From: alsopb <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: [TowerTalk] Beverage f/b
>Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2001 11:33:07 +0000
>I'm beginning to think that leaves on the trees is adversly affecting
>the directivity of my beverages.. or the phase of the moon or...?
>All 7 of them don't seem to show the directivity on 160/80 that they
>did last winter.
>Two are two wire beverages (one of the pair unterminated, the other
>terminated to ground) and three are single wire with resistive
>terminations. All 7 seem to suffer from the same directivity loss.
>I've checked all joints, switching paths and even measured the
>terminating resistor values (at DC of course). The Z values as
>measured on an Autek RF-1 on either side of the transformers agrees
>well with last year.
>The one thing I can't readily check is the ground side performance.
>I'm wondering if it is just too early in the season to expect them to
>perform or because they are run under a canopy of trees which still
>73 de Brian/K3KO
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