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When I hear that a base camp antenna has a range of 15-50 Miles does that mean it could reach a radio with a small antenna within that range, or that it would need to reach a radio with the same antenna?

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With so many variables (antenna height, terrain, power, receiver sensitivity, frequency band, modulation mode, line loss, interference, time of day, other obstacles, (just to name a few)) such "ratings" are generally meaningless. About all you can glean is that the manufacture claims that such an antenna might have more gain than one that claims a range of, say, 5-10 miles. And even then, Your Mileage May Vary.

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    $\begingroup$ I see what you did there... $\endgroup$ – mike65535 Jun 25 '18 at 22:55

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