02-13-2011, 08:01 AM
Crotchety Old Bastard
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Join Date: Apr 2005
Just keep in mind that you are comparing two different types/length antennas, they will not perform exactly the same. All things considered, what you are seeing is ~probably~ about normal.
Gain figures and advertising. That's not something you want to take as 'gospel' for most manufacturers. That 1/2 wave antenna is the 'size' that all antennas are compared to, the 'standard', so how can it have any gain when compared to it's self? Compare it to something else as the standard? Okay, but what's that 'something else'? See where that's going?
And power 'ratings'. That's another thing you don't want to put a huge amount of 'faith' in all by it's self. There are just too many things that affect how much power any antenna will handle. Those power 'quotes' are for the absolute best case kind of situations, tuning, resonance, impedance matching etc. Don't know about you, but I very seldom ever have 'ideal' situations.