At 03:43 PM 5/14/2007, Kelly Johnson wrote:
>Let's face it. It's just not easy to find an affordable home in a
>nice suburb that meets all of your family's needs/wants AND allows for
>ham antennas. Some people take the "easy way out" and go for the
>housing tract. Unfortunately, if you're a ham with aspirations beyond
>QRP and 2m HT operation you're likely to regret the decision later on.
or, are inspired to develop high performance HF systems that are
compatible with being in a box that is 50x100x20 ft and visually
unobtrusive, while not exceeding RF exposure limits.
Necessity is the mother of invention, after all, and one of the whole
reasons the amateur radio service exists is to extend the state of the art.
20 years from now, the fixed tuned multielement beam on a rotator on
a tower may be viewed as being as archaic as W6AMs's field full of
rhombics and a selector switch. Consider that some 60-70 years ago
the inexpensive tower, beam, and rotator opened up high performance
ham radio to a whole class of suburban hams that didn't have room for
a curtain array, rhombics, etc. Interestingly, it might have even
been the advent of broadcast color TV that really opened up the
tower/rotator world, since all of a sudden there were a LOT of people
who wanted that antenna up high enough to get the signals from
distant points, and rabbit ears just didn't cut it.
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