An operator says “That antenna sucks compared to a full size antenna!”. Ok, fair enough. In my experience, every full size antenna outperforms a small, compromise antenna, although a big magnetic loop might be the exception.
Now that same operator is using a full sized antenna, but he continues operating QRO! Why is that? As portable operators, we try to use only the power we need when operating in the field. Lower power means longer run times. So given the option of using a full size & efficient antenna system, why would he continue using high-power!?
That’s the question!