Originally Posted by rwidman
As for the homemade antennas described or pictured, you can't build an antenna better than one you can buy.
You most surely can build better, there are thousands of designs for antennas and each has it's good points and bad, every one is a trade
off. The designation of "better" is determined by important considerations of the problem at hand and each installation
can be different. I'm not trying to say the picture of my bow tie looks professional, it wasn't intended too. It was a mock up of a design that I will eventually install of on the outside surface of my wooden mast, and thus have no windage or appendages to catch lines. I expect I will have 2 in perpendicular directions, and now that I have learned about fractal elements I will incorporate them into the design. Also it was the first one I built of this design and the picture was taken to allow others to easily copy it, after I found it worked very well.
Thus I will have a "better" antenna, one that cannot be bought. I can build almost anything "better" than what can be bought since almost everything sold by modern man is contstructed with cost as a major factor in the design, certainly not best performance or longest life.