|Posted on June 5, 2010 at 1:27 PM|
This month's Radcom duly (July edition) arrived and on P70 was a fantastic review for a new(ish) portable antenna - a centre-fed vertical dipole standing at 3m (10ft) tall. Moreover, the antenna requires no radial or earthing system, so was immediately earmarked for portable duties.
Further inspection reveals it uses capacitive loading and minimum inductance to keep losses low. A capacitive hat tunes the antenna simply and without fuss. No ATU needed at all - It means my analyser may get some use, but a small price to pay. I can hereby officilly confirm it is idiot-proof. Yes, even I managed to tune it 1.5 or better across all bands. If desired, individual or "spot" frequencies can be tuned too!