> M2 recommends their biggest ($750) 20m monobander (4 elements is
> enough, they say) and the Force 12 20m monobanders listed are 5
> and 6 elements only ($865 and $1150 respectively). The prices
> seem to be comparable, but there was SHARP disagreement on whether
> or not the Force 12 construction is as sturdy as the M2.
> I guess the only important issues are whether or not the two are comparable
> in gain and durability...
Not quite. As an owner of both the 20M4 and the EF420, I can tell
you there is a much more important consideration. The 20M4 is built
like a tank, with probably a 3" boom in the middle. The Force 12
stuff is built to survive by being flexible, and uses much thinner
I doubt if there is much difference in performance between the larger
Force 12 Yagis and the 20M4 (the EF420 has a much shorter boom, and
doesn't play in the same league), but there is a difference in wind
load and turning moment. These parameters have a significant impact
on the system cost, and the higher prices are offset to some extent
by this difference.
I would suggest assessing the tower hardware (specifically for the
complete stack), and then deciding based on those figures.
Personally, Force 12's novel construction finally made it feasible
for me to get an 80 m beam--not because the beam is any cheaper (it
isn't), but because the required tower hardware is significantly more
Incidentally, "significantly more manageable" still doesn't
necessarily mean it's a Sunday picnic!
Chris R. Burger
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