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2. The only frequency of the shootout is 14.1MHz (+/-10kHz). An objective at the shootout is to remove any extraneous variables from the RF measurement, so a standard antenna test fixture is used for all antennas. This puts all antennas on an equal footing, independent of mounting.
3. Some portable or pedestrian antennas are built or sold with certain recommended counterpoise or ground systems in mind. The standard shootout reference counterpoise for vertical antennas is an elevated resonant quarterwave of wire. The radiation efficiency of such an elevated counterpoise antenna system is entirely different, and more efficient than most common ground-mounting of the same vertical element, so results of using ground-mounted, different counterpoise configurations, or no counterpoise, will yield entirely different results! The data presented is based solely upon its own reference element, similar to a common dipole, and should not be applied to other references such as theoretical or isotropic antennas.
4. As with many other types of antennas, portable or pedestrian antennas can be built with different purposes and quality in mind. Some of the antennas entered in the shootout were found to be extremely durable and of high quality. Others were found to be of low quality or too delicate to be considered durable enough for rigorous pedestrian field environments. The shootout crew had many opinions in this matter, but it was decided that this issue is somewhat subjective, should be discussed further, and guidelines determined, before reporting on the "physical quality" of the antennas. In the case of commercial antennas, buyer beware!
5. The HFpack Pedestrian Antenna Shootout is an amateur radio event, which is entirely staffed by volunteers who put in their own time and effort in the interest of enjoyment and knowledge. This website is produced for educational purposes.
6. The vertical shootout test site was not an open field controlled RF test site. It was a ham convention lawn. Therefore, some variability exists in signal levels due to reflections from objects. Although signal dB measurements are presented to the hundredth of a decibel, and were closely monitored for anomolies, an approximate guestimate for accuracy of the vertical shootout would be about +/- 0.75dB. Please read these measurements loosely, they are not intended to be a cause for argument. It is unlikely that a difference of less than 1dB would be noticed in normal HF pedestrian operation, but differences of 3dB or more are readily recognized in the field!
7. The horizontal shootout test site was an open field controlled site with highly conductive soil. The unobstructed path between the transmitter and receiver antennas was over salt water and salt marsh, providing excellent conditions for testing antennas. The horizontal site offered good control of the environmental variables, which greatly reduces anomalies.The approximate guestimate for accuracy is about +/-0.3dB for the horizontal shootout.
HFpack Pedestrian Antenna Shootout 2002
Main Shootout Report Vertical Shootout Horizontal Shootout
HFpack Pedestrian Antenna Shootout 2002
1. All antenna entries should be physically present to register at the
HFpack Shootout site, Pacificon Convention, at 11am on Sunday, 20 October
Various HFpack events, such as HFpack Technical Forums,
HFpack Rallies, HFpack Pedestrian Eyeball QSOs, HFpack Lunches, and HFpack
Shootouts are held at Dayton Hamvention
and Pacificon Convention in California.
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