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Reviews Summary for Kurt Speaks Out
Reviews: 2 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $$20 including postage.
Description: A compilation of columns on antennas which appeared in World Radio
1999-2006. Kurt N Sterba was the pseudonym of a widely-
experienced ham and broadcast engineer. Well-written, often
humorous or sharply-pointed observations about how antennas and
transmission lines actually work. Including deflations of performance
claims about some commercial products.
Product is in production.
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KE6BB Rating: 5/5 Jul 28, 2015 11:30 Send this review to a friend
Informative, entertaining, accurate!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
An excellent book to read if you want the bottom line on antenna issues such as gain, SWR, reflected power, etc. It does not present the math behind the principles, but in most cases, tells you where to look for more details. This is a good book for any ham to have in his library.

Too bad QST didn't pick Kurt's column up so that it could have been disseminated to a wider audience. Sadly, Kurt is SK now.
KE6EE Rating: 5/5 Feb 12, 2013 09:29 Send this review to a friend
Very informative  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Many very good points are made by the author who expresses complex ideas very clearly, with humor and without complex math. For instance he points out that it's most useful, because of common mode currents, to think of coax as having three-conductors. He also takes apart nonsense claims about commercial antennas. Just today there is a new eham review of a T2FD which the reviewer thinks is "great." Sterba points out that the broadband quality of this antenna comes at a great cost in efficiency.

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