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By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU
QRZ.Com currently has a very interesting item on fractal antennas (http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?t=277623). While the idea of applying fractals to the design and construction of antennas has been around for quite some time, very few hams have actually built them, and there are currently no companies building commercial fractal antennas for the ham radio market. The question, of course, is why?
Those that are hyping fractal antennasâ€”most notably W1YW, CEO of Fractal Antenna Systemsâ€”claim several advantages. These advantages purportedly include wider bandwidth and smaller size when compared to traditional antennas, such as verticals and dipoles. Those that are trying to debunk these claims contend that this is all just hogwash, and that there's no real scientific basis for these claims.