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Discussion in 'CB Antennas' started by radioreddz, Apr 3, 2006.
Still, I'd probably go with Maco's copy of the Moonraker IV. I do not have any personal experience with the Gizmotchy or ANY Jo-Gunn.
series. Which looks like a Gizmotchy.
He disliked its local performance ability.
He changed it into a Jo-Gunn conventional 4 element, installed
in the Verticle position.
Which would be like a Maco 104.
He got better local performance.
DX performance he couldn't tell much difference/ maybe
alittle better on the Star series.
My opinion would be to purchase a Maco Shooting Star
over the Gizmotchy.
Once your signal bounces off the ionospere, its polarization is a crap shoot! You can be horizontal and the receiving station could hear you better on the vertical over their horizontal antenna.....or not! You never know!
As a rule, for shooting DX, it's best to have a horizontal antenna for transmission. Mainly because of how it interacts with the earth. By changing the height of a horizonal antenna above ground (earth), you can change the skip zone you are reaching.
Having both a horizontal and vertical for RECEIVE will give you the advantage to hear stations that others may miss with only a single polarization antenna.
My guess why the person was not impressed with the Gizmotchy/Jo-Gunn design locally is becasue these antennas are not true verticals (which we use for local communications). Neither are they true horizontal antennas. But once they "skip", who cares! As I said, it's a crap shoot!
a changing to compare antennas for the best DX.