Right on Tom!
>From: "Tom Rauch" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>While it makes good marketing hype, the number of countries worked
>has little to do with transmitting antenna performance, unless
>something is seriously wrong.
>One reason so many people have dismal results with base-loaded
>antennas is they swallow the "BS" about only needing a few radials.
>Factually, there is almost no difference between base and top loading
>if the ground system is good. Top loading does provide about four
>times the radiation resistance of base loading, but top loading
>generally has (for a given radiator size) less bandwidth.
>If the ground system is poor, top loading can reduce loss by up to a
>factor of three or four. If the ground system is good, efficiency
>changes are often not measurable.
>Most of the DXCC totals do with hours operated, location, and
>operating skill. I'd say transmitting antenna performance is way down
>the ladder, unless someone really has a poor antenna installation.
>With a poor TX antenna, you normally just have to wait a bit longer
>to get through. (Of course some systems, like the Gaps and other no-
>radial or small radial verticals are real dogs and give less-than
>mobile performance, but the HVF2 with a GOOD ground system does not
>fall in that class.) There really won't be very many countries you
>won't be able to work. A better transmitting system makes things go
>faster when you call, operating time and ability to hear is what
>builds country totals.
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