02-16-2011, 08:20 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Rogers, Ar
Originally Posted by Shockwave
Homer, It depends on what your definition of increased performance is. If it applies to wider bandwidth then the answer is yes. If you mean can it equal or add to the gain of a full length radiator without the cap hat, the answer is no.
It is likely that a shorter antenna will have better performance if less electronic length was added in a center loaded inductor and more electronic length were added in the form of a top hat. That said, nothing can equal the performance of a straight radiator of equivalent wavelength.
Another funny thing I've seen one CB
antenna maker throw together was the top coil loaded 1/4 wave fully equipped with a top capacitance hat. You NEVER combine these two devices with one directly over the other. To make a long story short, it's like stepping on the gas and the brake at the same time. They both cancel each other out and accomplish nothing.
Thanks for the answer. I am
soaking it up.