By all accounts I've read, the B&W folded dipole is indeed broadband.
Since it has a relatively small fixed "tuning network", that can only
mean it has significant loss relative to a normal dipole. Estimates
I've read vary between one and two S-units.
By all accounts I've read, it is a "quiet" antenna on receive. Since
noise rejection can only come from pattern or polarity discrimination
and the B&W antenna has no more of either of those than does a standard
dipole, that again means it has significant loss. The antenna is
probably just as quiet on the other end as it is on yours.
> From: "Fred Serota"<email@example.com>
> Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2011 1:30 PM
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Multi-band dipoles
>> Suggest trying Barker and Willamson's folded dipole. They have three
>> or 4 varieties, some made of stainless wire for very tough climates.
>> The longest is approximately 120' and fives a flat SWR under 2:1 for
>> 160-6 meters. Due to built in matching does not need a tuner. This
>> antenna has a special name, I have forgotten. Can be ordered direct or
>> I, thing, through HRO and AES.
>> Mine is hung as an inverted V and works out very well.
>> Fred, K3BHX
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