At 09:08 AM 8/28/2006, Jim Jarvis wrote:
>Gee, guys, this is another of those 'once a year' threads.
>The average 3 element beam has a half-power beamwidth
>of +/- 35 degrees. How closely do you really need to
>know where North is? How much effort is it worth?
The nulls are somewhat sharper, and might actually be more important, but
you're right for the main lobe.
>Use a compass, and look up the magnetic declination in an
>almanac, for pete's sake. Or look on a marine or aeronautical chart.
>In critical applications, where you have long-boom VHF/UHF yagis,
>and are dynamically pointing at LEO satellites, I could see needing
>to know within a few degrees.
Or, pointing at a geo satellite with a small dish antenna, or EME, or a
whole raft of things where sub degree pointing is important.
> But even that should be satisfied by
>a declination adjustment to magnetic north.
Local magnetic oddities would probably dominate. To get sub degree
positioning, you need something better.
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