PIM: Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water.(G)
Thanks, N5. Never heard of that one before. I guess to some extent that means that every "junction" in an antenna, even clean stainless or others, has to be considered as a possible active element.
That is correct...something that is learned when one studies and learns about RF.
Many videos and white papers are published on how to make "good" antennas but very few of these mention the possibilities of how you end up with a "bad" antenna if not engineered or built correctly..... One of the major issues I have found with people that try to build "home built" antenna is with their soldering methods... Believe it or not, 1 person out of three actually know what the proper way to solder is.
Again why I say that a Commercial RF Service Monitor and spectrum analyzer are needed when building a antenna for production use.
Any piece of wire can be used to make an decent receiving antenna ... but not just any piece of wire makes a great transmitting antenna.....