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The information that I saw was as follows: “You can order the mounting bracket for it that will mount the unit on a 2 or 1.25 inch mast. Radio Shack is a good source for these products. Radio Shack sells the 1.25 inch mast. Also you need to buy the antenna for the unit which does not normally come with it (because of cost of shipping) at Radio Shack or a CB shop. (Part No 21-903 102 inch whip antenna).”
Obviously their documentation (on the website) is in error, and who knows if the antenna was obtained from the manufacturer or purchased separately. Gee, reminds one of the AMT5000 case, does it not?
Again, my point here is that you can interpret the documentation any which way you want. The documentation isn’t, obviously, the be all and end all. I would have thought that obtaining the CORRECT results from the Challenge from ALL the transmitters would have been top priority. The testers decided to go ahead with the AMT5000 testing even though they had self-admitted problems with the documentation, and with the knowledge that they likely were not getting the best results. Then they defend that rather tenuous position, stating that a newbie would treat the documentation as ‘gospel’.
That’s really an insult to newbies from a rather self-righteous superior position. From my experience, newbies are more likely to investigate and get as much information as possible before proceeding. They don’t think they know everything. It seems it’s only those with decades of broadcast engineering experience that will just forge ahead blindly, and then say they’re right, no matter what. Even if the results contradict other’s real-world experience.
It’s the tester’s attitudes that are the problem. From my real world experience, I have no issues with the other results (although I’ve never used the Grain transmitter, and even if no Talking House I’ve ever owned, even with an ATU/whip, has ever beaten the range of any ProCaster – I can come up with theories to explain that). It’s just that the AMT5000 results are so off – any inquiring and open mind should have seen that and done further testing before putting all the chips into the pot of the Challenge, so to speak.