Atheros ar2413 drivers connect fine on Maverick 10.10 up close then drop at minimal distance

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http://askubuntu.com – After I move more than 3 or four feet from the AP the connection drops. I can still see multiple networks I just can't connect to them. They all show strong signal strength. I have tried madwifi and a bunch of other fixes that I came across online to no avail. Anyone have an idea what I should try next other than using this laptop for target practice? FYI I'm not using any security such as WEP, WPA etc. (HowTos)