[TowerTalk] News from Bencher
Fri, 14 Jul 2000 18:45:28 -0500
I have never seen an F12 antenna up close, but the description of the
driven element sounds like the same thing that HyGain does with the
Explorer 14 antenna that came out back in the 80's. You may have seen this
antenna in Frequency set in 1969. I was a amused to see and 80's antenna up
in the 1969 footage.
At 06:25 PM 07/14/2000, you wrote:
>The flip side of that, of course, is spending years and effort to
>develop a concept, only to have everyone copy it, and eliminate any
>benefit from all the trouble. That's why the civilization settled on
>patent laws. Without them, innovation is severely discouraged.
>But if we have patents, there will always be some that appear fuzzy to
>one or the other of us. I read the patent, but what I don't know is what
>may have preceded it historically. I can't recall anything similar in a
>commercially marketed antenna. I've seen a log periodic cell as a
>driver, but nothing quite like F12. Others may have memory of such.
>I note that Bencher either chose out or could not prevail, on the merits
>or the expense. They've taken the high road and replaced their feed
>with another design. Maybe Bencher's will work out better in the long
>run. Who knows. If it does, the patent infringement might have been the
>best thing to happen to them.
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>Apex, NC, USA
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>Sent: Friday, July 14, 2000 10:05 AM
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> > I keep looking at the Skyhawk design and cannot figure out who has
> > Mosley)
> > any claim to patents. Sure has to be nit picking. Boo to company
> > makes such claims!
> > Ham radio manufacturers are all very small...I know been there done
> > Dave K4JRB
> > >
> > > July 10, 2000
> > >
> > > Dear Fellow Amateur,
> > >
> > > If you have had any prior interest you knew that the Bencher Skyhawk
> > > withdrawn from the market earlier this year due to a possible patent
> > > infringement. We stated that we were redesigning the feed to resolve
> > > this problem.
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