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I should mention that, as would be expected, Trainotti is familiar with Brown et al. He used it as a reference in the article I cited. Trainotti did not directly address any of the areas of disagreement between the authors, such as Brown’s statement that ground screens are “of no importance” provided that at least 113 radials about a half wavelength long are present. Trainotti only referenced Brown’s statement that the return current flowing back to the antenna is divided into the part that returns in the earth and the part that returns in the radials.
I’ve noticed that academics tend to avoid directly challenging highly-respected authors. At one time, I translated a foreign student’s badly-written draft of his PhD thesis into standard English. I asked him why he would’t challenge the authors he disagreed with more directly. He told me that such things are simply not done, especially in writing.