from the definition in the dictionary of an "antenna"
a usually metallic device (as a rod or wire) for radiating or receiving radio waves
So now explain to me how the Smartuner does either of the above??It doesnt--no matter how you slice it, dice it or word it in their advertising----it still is nothing more than a transmatch, and it does nothing to change the antenna radiation pattern--it just makes the transmitter very happy, and i will grant you as i stated above, gets a much better match at the antenna as opposed to trying to match all the feedline............
Dont get me wrong, i think they are very good tuners, and by all means the best place to have a tuner/transmatch is at the antenna, and i agree that it eliminates a lot of the feed line loss. but you could also put my Palstar AT1Kp at the base of my vertical and do the same thing, just manually and i am not going to leave my $400.00 tuner out in the rain
Great debate though--it what i love about forums----73
Ok... I'll use an analogy. Picture a Yagi antenna. This yagi antenna is matched to the coax with a gamma match. Is the gamma match an integral part of the antenna, or is it not?
Here's another: Picture a stacked dipole array, the kind you see on vhf high band systems. Those stacked dipoles are matched to the 50 ohm feedline with a phasing harness made from 75 ohm cable. Is that phasing harness an integral part of the antenna, or is it not?
How about yet another: The typical AM broadcast antenna, a vertical radiator, frequently less than a quarter wavelength. These usually have a coupler housed in a small shack at the base of the antenna. These may be in the form of a pi or L network, and are an integral part of the antenna - just like an SGC tuner.
A transmatch is NOT an antenna coupler. But the SGC autotuners are. The manufacturer makes it a point in their literature to indicate that it is NOT a transmatch. Why do you insist that it is?