In a message dated 7/7/2008 6:50:00 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> How about people who don't have antenna analyzers? Don't put up antennas?
> I been putting antennas up for over 50 years and only had an analyzer for
last 2 years. For the first 25 years didn't even have a SWR bridge.
Somehow they seemed to work. Had to tweak them a time or 2 to get them to
work. Built beams, quads, phased verticals, etc. 73
Ah, ignorance is bliss, isn't it?
When I put up my first antenna almost 40 years ago, I had no idea
what swr was. Did I work people? Sure. It was an 807 with a pi network so it
didn't really care. Would I be more interested now? You bet. But I'm not as
myopic on swr as some people are.
SWR is THE default ham antenna parameter since it's the ONLY THING
YOU CAN MEASURE!
PS - I carry 2 MFJ analyzers with me now. Expectations are higher now.
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