Unconventional? Radical design? Are Isotron or TAK-tenna LowProfile antennas for today and tomorrow? Any operator living in HOA or CC&R defined communities understands the challenge of a good antenna system. My location, as oft stated in the blog, is horizontally and vertically challenged. My location is a worst case scenario for most wire-type antennas. And I mulled over a challenge that was thrown into the ARRL Strategic Plan discussion. Who is innovating LowProfile antennas that meet or exceed the performance of a traditional dipole.
Most, if not all, HOA or CC&R ham radio operators are looking for the next, next antenna. This antenna would meet or exceed the functional performance of a dipole, be easy to deploy, minimize visual impact, increase operating enjoyment, and reduce signal-to-noise levels. A quick Google search suggested Isotron and/or TAK-tenna.
Why am I fascinated? Both antennas are unconventional and radical. And I believe the next step toward reaching the HOA and CC&R high frequency (HF) ham radio operator lays in the design concepts as exemplified by Isotron and TAK-tenna. This, for me, is the next level of antenna innovation. That is, meeting or exceeding dipole performance and the vertical/horizontal challenge of HOA and CC&R defined communities while delivering a performance grade antenna.
Is anyone operating with either the Isotron or Tak-tenna systems? If so, let us know about your experience with either antennas, because learning is fun, and operating is even more fun.
73 from the shackadelic.