01-07-2012, 06:22 AM
Crotchety Old Bastard
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Join Date: Apr 2005
Well, it should certainly get you the odd questions! That's about as close to a good reason for buying one that I can think of. No, it's not a "groundplane" in any sense of the word, since it attaches to the 'hot' part of the antenna, not the 'ground'.
Some of them, the ones that use a set screw for attachment to the whip, can be useful as a capacity-hat. I don't think that particular one would work that way because of how it attaches though.
They don't have to be totally worthless, but they are most of the time.