Both New Product announcements from September QST -
p.41 Isotron 40/20 meter antenna that looks like a cross between a 1960's UHF
antenna, a birdhouse, a ceramic coil from a BC-375 and a collection of leftover
flashing material. Really, guys, are we supposed to believe this works?
p. 32 "Broadband Manpack Antenna and Mast from B&W" -- claiming less than 2:1
SWR 1.6-60 MHz. Picture looks like two christmas tree light reels, a lot of
hookup wire, two three foot pieces of tubing and a humongous balun/dummy load.
Rated for 20 watts. $545 for the antenna alone, or $1190 (!) for the antenna
and mast kit.
The serious point of all this -- who the heck at ARRL is looking at these
things before publication? Whatever happened to the ARRL's holy attitude about
not advertising things that make no sense? Oh, I forgot - new product
announcements are FREE. But how many new hams will be duped?
I thought the August QST was pretty good, but this ... horrific!
73, Pete N4ZR
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