(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