Jim, I always test results in HFTA, and compare the theoretical patterns
over flat ground with my actuals. I also use MultiNEC for modeling
(wish I had the NEC4 engine, but hey...), and where appropriate I apply
the notches and reinforcements from HFTA to the MultiNEC patterns. My
terrain is relatively flat, though, so I feel comfortable not carrying
my terrain profiles out over 3000 meters.
73, Pete N4ZR
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On 8/16/2011 11:55 AM, Jim Brown wrote:
> On 8/16/2011 7:35 AM, Pete Smith wrote:
>> For example, if I model against
>> ground, and put the antennas at heights of 50 and 100 feet, my 14 MHz
>> vertical pattern is very broad and clean, with no second lobe below 35
>> degrees or so.
> Don't forget that all of this can be QUITE dependent on the terrain in
> the region up to at least five miles from your antenna. N6BV's HFTA
> software allows us to model this, using data readily available on the
> internet. That software comes with the ARRL Antenna Book, and is worth
> the cost of the book.
> 73, Jim Brown K9YC
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