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A simple lesson I learned a long time ago about antennas. You use what works. All of the formulas in the world will not guarantee you a good antenna. I once built a two meter two-element beam for portable use in transmitter hunting. I was extra careful with the measurements and the construction. However I ended up with an antenna that had almost zero signal when pointed at the source. Although it served my purpose, it was exactly opposite of what I expected. The moral of the story is that the ultimate test would be to compare performance of these antennas (Manteca and SStran) at the same site, using the same mast or tower and the same ground system. [b:3a28b3555f]Anyone willing to take that on as a project?[/b:3a28b3555f]
The Manteca Magnum specifies an operating frequency of 1700 for which it was designed. I like the design and simplicity. The SSTran antenna looks like a good one as well, but there’s no way in the world I’m hanging off a tower trying to determine which tap to use or to adjust the length of the main element. Ideally I’d like to know how to make the best antenna for my frequency on the ground.
This site has the best information and helpful members of any I have seen. Perhaps we could all share our antenna performance/range information? No one need be embarrassed by performance. 😉 I will claim the worst performance for a part 15 antenna/transmitter combo of 37 feet. (But the audio quality was incredible.) Naturally I learned from my mistakes or I would still have a potential audience of 3.
What is working for you?