last night while talking to some locals on SSB
, i mentioned to someone that i didnt hear them as well as i usually did.
they were about S-3 when usually they hit me at S-7 or so.
he came back with an S-7 (+ or -) signal and said, "is that any better?"
i asked him what he did, and he told me he was being lazy with the microphone and was too far from it previously.
that made me think about how many of us use a relative S meter reading to determine whether we have made gains or losses in our antenna systems.
that made me think about how difficult it could be to get any sort of qualitative data from an antenna test when using SSB
knowing that a mere few inches distance from a microphone can have a dramatic effect on how many PEP watts our radios are putting out, tells me that antenna testing on SSB
is dodgy at best.
even if the distance from the mic was kept constant, the variances in voice volume during normal speech might skew the results.
to me, it seems like testing antennas would best be done on AM
mode with a deadkey only, or on FM
what are your thoughts on this?