DOES THE CAROLINA WINDOM WORK ?
[ The CW ]
I didn't know either, but I wanted to find out.
Many people hold endless debates in forums, model until the cows come home and debate some more on this topic. If that's what turns you on, great! It doesn't work for me.
I use a different approach. I buy (or build) the antenna in question and compare it to whatever other antennas I happen to have installed at the time, as well as compare it [subjectively] to my 50 years experience playing with antennas.
What works for me, works for me, but may not work for you!
DO YOUR OWN DUE DILLIGENCE.
HERE IS WHAT I FOUND OUT
after 2 years of extensive testing
of 3 different models of Carolina Windoms:
I found the CW to be a good dipole, nothing more, nothing less.
I could not find any improvement in performance over a standard dipole. However I did find the antennas to be the heaviest wire antennas I had ever used and they were not cheap.
I was seriously hoping these antennas would give me the DX benefit they are advertised for. To ensure I was giving these antennas every chance, I invested (and wasted) a lot of money on an expensive thick-wall fiberglass pole to host the CW antennas. For best results, your pole or mast should not be of metal. After I completed the tests, I replaced this with an aluminum mast and went back to a standard, home-brew double-dipole for 80/40m.
Perhaps someone out there will find some application which benefits from the characteristics of the Carolina Windom. If so, I hope they share this information with me.
For now, you can read my story in the PDF download.
A document describing my personal experience with 3 different models of Carolina Windoms, over 2 years of testing.
Does the Carolina Windom Work.pdf
PDF-Dokument [287.7 KB]