[TowerTalk] 5 db required to see?
Bill Coleman AA4LR
Thu, 25 May 2000 10:11:45 -0400
On 5/24/00 10:16 PM, Pete Smith at email@example.com wrote:
>Over 48 hours, and a thousand
>contacts or so, it is inevitable that the 1-dB advantage will result in a
>few QSOs made that would not have been, otherwise.
This assumes that the operater's skill is sufficient to take advantage of
the 1 dB difference.
It's certainly possible to have antennas that work far better than the
operator's skill. Witness all of the tribander / wires stations at WRTC
who turned in tremendous scores with highly skilled operators.
Another aspect may come into play. It's conceivable that a modestly
skilled operator using a not-to-directional antenna, and unfamiliar with
all the nuances of propagation could capture more multipliers by chance
than the same operator with a very directional antenna.
I'm of the opinion that operator skill is a bigger factor in producing
scores than antennas.
Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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