I use and like both -- and switch between them mostly to try and stay
proficient. I've had to force myself into modeling something every so often
to keep from falling back on the learning curve after an extended absence.
Getting NEC/4 to work with 4Nec2 takes a bit of effort in order to get the
DOS shell command to open and close correctly.
If it wasn't for the sample models, I would be lost. Without them, it's a
pretty tough program to learn. For any new users, I think the best place to
start is the simple "backyard dipole" example. Once you see what's going on
with a dipole, more complex designs are a whole lot easier to understand.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Brown" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2012 3:35 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Antenna modelling program
> On 5/3/2012 12:07 PM, Jim Lux wrote:
>> 4nec2 is what I use.. a nice graphical front end to the NEC2 engine. If
>> you have a copy of NEC4, it will drive it too. (and it's free)
> And it has an optimizer routine, which EZNEC does not, and at Dayton a
> few years ago, W7EL said he had no intention to write one.
>> EZNEC is also popular. Lots of sample models out there, and it has more
>> "amateur specific" features, I think.
> I use EZNEC V5 with the NEC2 engine. I like it, and find it pretty
> intuitive to use, but have friends who swear by 4NEC. I downloaded it,
> but the user interface was sufficiently different that I have never
> taken the time to learn to use it, and EZNEC does most of what I need
> (sure would like that optimizer). :)
> 73, Jim K9YC
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