01-08-2010, 01:20 PM
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Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Nova Scotia,Canada
Originally Posted by SR385
Keep in mind, the more gain, the 'flatter' the radiation pattern gets....it gets narrow as a razor. On flat, open ground or slight elevation advantage, this can be great. In varied terrain with rolling hills and buildings, this can actually hurt you vs a much higher angle of radiation on a no or low gain antenna.
EXACTLY! Gain is not everything. I used to run a Diamond SG-2000HD antenna which is also a 7/8 wave. It was great for simplex mobile-mobile but was almost always beaten by a simple 1/2 or even 1/4 wave antenna when working repeaters high on the hilltops from the valley floor. I later switched to a Comet CA-2X4SR because of that and also the need for wider bandwidth. For somewhere on the great plains a 7/8 wave antenna is great. As for the "picket fencing" , or flutter, I actually had less with the 7/8 wave antenna then any other type.
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