Fw: Re: [TowerTalk] News from Bencher
Sun, 16 Jul 2000 09:44:21 -0400
...didn't the ARRL ask for some sort of standard to be followed a few years
back...mebbe that is an element, too
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Subject: Re: Fw: Re: [TowerTalk] News from Bencher
> >I believe the recent trend towards more truthful gain claims from
> and possibly others, >is a direct result of Force 12 and M2 being there.
> I think this is much too generous a statement. IMHO what forced antenna
> companies to make less exaggerated statements about gain is the easy
> availability of good computer modeling which can be run on the average
> desktop computer. Brian, Lew, Roy and others deserve much credit for
> Although we all recognize that the predictions are not necessarily what
> get in the real world, the ability to compare antennas under the same
> conditions in silico provide a decent idea of what will happen and that
> been a wonderful addition to our station building endeavors.
> The next step in the right direction is for antenna companies to make
> models freely available to anyone that wants to use them for comparison
> purposes. Hy-Gain did this years ago and Mike at M2 has sent me every
> I've ever asked him for. Others have been less helpful.
> >Force 12 has obviously stimulated competition in the marketplace. We all
> You might want to check with the guys that were at Dayton talking about
> beams or others that spent their youth trying to tune a 40M section of a
> tribander before you get too carried away with the "all" part....:-)
> More seriously, from my biased perspective of life I'm not sure we've all
> benefited from what has happened in the antenna marketplace over the last
> years. There are fewer choices today for commercial antennas than there
> when I first became interested in station building, there is a smaller
> selection of HF antennas for the serious dude, and prices are on the rise.
> would certainly agree that in the small tribander world F12 has done a
> good job of providing products that people want and that is great too.
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