On 10/17/12 7:51 AM, Big Don wrote:
Sorry, that was 30 or so Alzheimerized years ago. The question *today* is
how do you get some good comparison antenna data without buying into an
antenna range, and procuring-setting up all the antennas to test. The
trailered reference antenna method could do a worthwhile job if, as you
imply, comparable QTH and tower height were considered in selecting
already-installed antennas to compare.
The reference antenna doesn't need to be a particularly high performance
one: just one with very "knowable" performance. You could use a
"electrically short dipole", for instance, suspended from a balloon or
kite, which might be easier than a portable tower trailer.
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