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Word of the Day (Reflector): What is Reflector on an Antenna?

When referring to an antenna, or specifically, a Yagi or quad antenna, the reflector is the parasitic (e.g., not fed with coax) element of the antenna that lies behind (opposite the side of maximum radition) the driven element (the one that receives power directly from the transmitter). The reflector can also refer to an internet-based repository of contest-related postings that contesters have used for decades to exchange information and stories.  When people refer to the “contest reflector,” they generally refer to the service hosted at the web site www.contesting.com. The term reflector is used because email from contributors is “reflected” to the many subscribers by software at the site.

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