[TowerTalk] 2006 Top Ten Chutzpah Awards - the top two
R. Kevin Stover
rkstover at mchsi.com
Tue Aug 22 17:09:47 EDT 2006
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Pete Smith wrote:
> Both New Product announcements from September QST -
> p.41 Isotron 40/20 meter antenna that looks like a cross between a 1960's UHF antenna, a birdhouse,
a ceramic coil from a BC-375 and a collection of leftover flashing
Really, guys, are we supposed to believe this works?
> p. 32 "Broadband Manpack Antenna and Mast from B&W" --
claiming less than 2:1 SWR 1.6-60 MHz.
Picture looks like two christmas tree light reels, a lot of hookup wire,
two three foot pieces of tubing and a humongous balun/dummy load.
Rated for 20 watts. $545 for the antenna alone, or $1190 (!) for the
antenna and mast kit.
> The serious point of all this -- who the heck at ARRL is looking at these things before publication?
Whatever happened to the ARRL's holy attitude about not advertising
things that make no sense?
Oh, I forgot - new product announcements are FREE. But how many new
hams will be duped?
> I thought the August QST was pretty good, but this ... horrific!
> 73, Pete N4ZR
> The World HF Contest Station Database
> Full details on 3165 contest stations
> at http://www.pvrc.org/WCSD/WCSDsearch.htm
One word, ADVERTISERS!
Lessee if they've got the guts to do a couple of objective reviews.
I doubt it. They'll just continue to take the advertising money and let
unsuspecting (probably new) Hams do the beta testing.
R. Kevin Stover, AC0H
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