CHAPTER 17Emergency and Portable Antennas

Some time ago, one of the authors met an interesting character at a convention. This man was a medical doctor, working as a medical missionary at a relief station in Sudan. Because of his unique business address, he was a veritable fount of knowledge regarding the use of mobile and portable antennas for communications from the boondocks. His bona fides for this included the fact that he was licensed to operate not only on the amateur radio bands but as a land mobile (or point-to-point) station in the 6.2-MHz band. The desert where he traveled is among the worst in the world, and the path he euphemistically called a “road” was frequently littered with camel corpses because of the brutal environment. The ...

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