[CQ-Contest] Re: 2 dB more?
Scott A. Lehman N9AG
scottal at erinet.com
Sun Dec 30 22:43:29 EST 2001
Even if the difference between an optimized 7-ele
monobander and a tribander is only 2 dB, 2dB
are freakin' GOLD!
At a station where I operate, the owner (N8NR) replaced
a 200 foot run of 1/2" 8817-style coax with hardline
and it opened a new layer of Europeans with indoor antennas
to be worked in a contest. This is about the same difference
you are talking about - without an improvement in rejection
from the sides and back of the monobander.
Whether it is "worth it" can only be answered by your pocketbook.
73, Scott N9AG
----- Original Message -----
From: Salina Physician Anesthesia <spa at tri.net>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2001 17:41
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Re: 2 dB more?
> Sitting here filling out a jillion reply QSLs and wondering:
> I have been using a KT-36XA in the last few contests. Joke is that I've
> basically only worked 10M as I am really a DXer first and don't like
> a run going as I can't handle the mess. However, it is nice to call into
> pile and get in on the first call. And then there are the weak stations
> that plead for a contact and they are in the QRN with syllables only. A
> dB more and? Or would I just find another layer?
> So, it's no big deal to get the KT-36XA down, put up a M2 7 el 10M beam
> 1.99 dB more gain.
> Worth the price of the antenna?
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