>For what I know, the 11 meter J-Pole was compaired to >a know beam. The known Beam did 16DB gain. The J-Pole
16 db gain over what? As the previous poster pointed out, you have to have a point of reference for db gain. Is it gain over a dipole? Gain over an isotropic? Or maybe gain over a wet noodle? Stating the known beam has 16db gain without a point of reference is meaningless.
>at the same hight, 100 feet away gave 1 S unit less
What is an "s" unit? "S" meters on a radio are not test instruments. No two radios will respond with the same "s" reading, they are just not very accurate. That one "s" unit of difference may equal 6 db, 3db, 1db, or more likely something entirely different. And they are not very linear. The difference between s5 and s7 maybe 3db, and s7 to s9 6db....
In the real world, it is very difficult to measure antenna performance. I suppose if you had a field strength meter that would read out in uV/m, and a calibrated attenuator, you could get close. But then you are ignoring stuff like noise and other on frequency interference adding or subtracting from your measurements.
>than the beam to several stations about 20 miles away. >Then an IMax 2000 was used and placed were the J-Pole >was, and it gave 2 S units less. Taking that, the IMax >was doing about 3 DB while the J-Pole was doing about >9db. Does this sound right?
No, unless your reference antenna is a light bulb. The only thing you have proven in your test is the J-pole seems to be slightly better than the IMax, and neither is quite as efficient as the beam FOR THIS ONE SPECIFIC SCENARIO. Turn to another station in a different direction, and every single reading could be different. Turn to a third, and get a third set of results.
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