(from the shoot-out)
The Excel Spreadsheet is hot off the press.
We have only just begun to analyse it.
A few things were immediately apparent.
There were some very interesting surprises.
At first I will simply list the interesting things I have learned from the shoot-out, in bullet form. The bullets will be listed as I discover them and in no way represent the importance of the subject stated.
Over time I will try to summarize the big picture and prioritize the lessons learned.
For now, here is just a list:
- COST does NOT appear to be an indication of goodness. BUYER BEWARE!
- Almost all matchboxes are better in the middle bands than they are on 160m and 10m. Apparently this is just too large of a spectrum to try to cover effectively with a single unit.
- Several matchboxes appear to be very good because you see a lot of "green" in the Power Loss space. A closer look reveals that they only have a limited matching impedance range. Yes, they are good, but they are not good at everything.
- Clearly the outstanding reputation of the old E.F. Johnson Viking Matchboxes is not substantuated in these tests. I will elaborate in detail on this topic later.
- I will also describe a method for upgrading the Viking Matchboxes, adding changes similar to those made in the Annecke circuitry. This will significantly improve the matching range of this tired old veteran.
- See: VIKING vs. ANNECKE