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Re: [TowerTalk] What happened to the Fractal Design in Ham Antennas

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] What happened to the Fractal Design in Ham Antennas
From: Joe Reisert <>
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Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 11:43:06 -0400
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Hi Roger,

Just pouring over unread messages. Got behind.

Chip Cohen owns Fractal Systems (near Boston) and they are not in the 
ham market. They do commercial designs (mostly custom) like cell phones etc.

Unfortunately, Chip and Communications Quarterly got hammered by 
several opponents of his designs. W8JI I think was one. They had the 
idea that Chip was crazy. Well, Chip wasn't. I know him well. Hence 
he dropped out of doing stuff in Ham designs and Comm Quarterly 
decided not to publish any more of Chip's articles. Bad decision for 
both but that's the way it goes.

 From all the STUFF (LOTS) in the professional journals like IEEE 
etc., we hams missed a good bet. Fractal designs and technology have 
their niche and now are everywhere in the commercial market. In fact, 
several companies are BIG time is same and now compete with Chip's company.


Joe, W1JR

At 11:45 PM 2/18/2010, you wrote:

>Some time back there was an article in QST about Fractal Antennas and I
>believe they used one on 10 meters.
>So far, searches find listings, but the pages have been blank.
>They'd be a limited space antenna with negative gain and are more often
>associated with cell phones
>Anything happening along this front and where did all the examples go?
>Roger (K8RI)
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