Where did I say they won't work? I said exactly the opposite. They
"work" even if they may be lossy simply because 1 or 2 S-units (or
whatever the penalty may be) is still not that severe when compared to
the relatively low power to a good antenna required to make a contact.
I said they don't work as well as the same antenna in the clear and I
think that is rather irrefutable unless you (or AC0C) has some
comparison data to the contrary. Do you?
On 12/27/2011 7:03 PM, Jamie WW3S wrote:
> don't tell AC0C antennas in an attic wont work....
> #1 Antennas inside of an attic are often really poor performers
> precisely because there is enough stuff up there to absorb a lot of the
> RF, although not all of it is wood. I don't think shingles are all that
> transparent to RF, for example, especially when wet. Attic antennas do
> enable contacts, of course ... after all, even if only 5% of your 100
> watts is escaping the attic you're no worse off than if you were running
> QRP to a decent antenna. The problem is that most people using an attic
> antenna don't have anything better to compare it against. if they did,
> not many of them would be using the attic antenna. Besides, wood inside
> an attic is almost always bone dry ... people used to make insulators
> out of that stuff.
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