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Re: N3IYR S band antenna

I'd have to say that someone like W0LMD 
(http://www.ultimatecharger.com/dish.html) with his 10' dishes
or those out there who can afford the G3RUH patch feed/dish
combo would out perform your "best dish".

It sounds like a legimate challenge to me.  I cannot help as I don't have 
either.  When I get my small prime focus dish & patch feed done and 
optimized, I'd take you on though.  (It's been hard for me to get it done 
lately as the WX hasn't been cooperating on weekends)

I do think you put together a nice setup, but there's been enough research 
out there to prove that a helix feed isn't the "best feed".  Too many 

73, W0FMS

>From: "Glenn Rollins" <grollins@attbi.com>
>To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
>Subject: [amsat-bb] N3IYR S band antenna
>Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2001 21:30:54 -0700
>I have read several messages about my antenna. I must say that some were
>very critical of what I have done. First, let me say that I used the word
>secret about the feed design just for a laugh. I already told you it was a
>helical! We all know what it looks like. Also, I have been in contact with 
>friend that has access to X-ray equipment a week ago. I knew everyone would
>be curious and I hope I can get an X-ray posted just for fun. When I used
>the word BEST, I meant it. I have worked VERY hard developing this antenna,
>and I believe it IS the best one out there. I was so frustrated with the
>antenna I was buying and making I developed one I wish I had in the
>beginning. I obviously like to tinker, but it gets to a point where nothing
>seems to work well, and it's not "fun" anymore. The reflector is solid and
>that's the best I could get manufactured for the specific frequency being
>the PROPER shape and size. I would have loved to get a tight mesh  but that
>was impossible. I still believe solid is better anyway.
>Please try to understand that this is the first undertaking of this type I
>have ever done, and I am trying to be as honest as I can. I never would 
>gone this far if I didn't believe in this antenna. I'm a Ham, just like 
>I fell like I am providing a service.
>It's just that I have become the person that I wish there was out there
>before I wasted so much time and money on antenna that worked so poorly.
>If you are happy with the antenna you have, GREAT! Don't fix it. But over a
>beer and an S meter between mine and yours, I know who would be buying the
>next round.
>Glenn Rollins   N3IYR
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