Piece of cake to make and with your RE you can tune it to within a gnats ass........Thinking about building one just to have on hand if ever needed for an emergency. I've got some so239's pvc fittings and 12 awg insulated cable to make it weatherproof. I've never built one but seems to be a simple build. Having the rigexpert analyzer will come in handy for the task.
Another CB world myth. The 2.15dB gain over an isotropic only applies in free space. As soon as a dipole is hung over real earth that number goes out the window and can increase to as high as 5 to 7 dB.Vertical dipoles kind of suck, only 2.15dB of gain of that theoretical antenna that radiates evenly in all directions, up down
Its my understanding the gain of a 1/2 dipole typically increases in a horizontal configuration, not vertical. Something to do with capacitance between antenna and the dirt and it acts as a reflector and I don't think it's even that much unless your talking about a 3/4 wave dipole.Another CB world myth. The 2.15dB gain over an isotropic only applies in free space. As soon as a dipole is hung over real earth that number goes out the window and can increase to as high as 5 to 7 dB.
Would you mind showing the beast you speak of? That sounds like an antenna project to tinker with.I just take a 102" whip, a rail mount and a 102" segment of 1/4" aluminum stock. That dipole gives me an SWR of 1.55:1. It has talked from Puerto Rico to Hawaii with less than ten watts of output from my Cherokee AH 100 SSB walkie talkie.