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Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 13:33:35 -0600
On Fri, 1 Feb 2002 "Guy Olinger, K2AV" <> writes:
> After seeing many monster antennas and helping construct some, it is
> quite clear that a lot of the success enjoyed by mini-watt
> transmitters using noodle-class antennas is due to a superb station
> making up db's lost by the other.


This is one reason why I gave up my desire to build a super contest
station.  The MAIN benefit of all those huge antenna systems is to
allow you to hear weaker and weaker stations, mostly from Europe,
with worse and more worse antenna systems / locations!  It wasn't
worth it to me to pursue that goal.  I've settled on good basic antennas
for all bands as a more cost effective solution in my pursuit of working
all countries on all bands.  I'm getting close to meeting that goal.

I have never understood how so many 100W Europeans can be 
40 to 60 dB below guys with 100W and tribanders.  I can only
envision paths obscured by mountains or antennas nearly on the 
ground.  The QRP'ers with decent antennas blow right through 
the 100W guys with lousy antennas / locations.

Tom  N4KG

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