I would like to remind everyone that HyGain has a 40 meter beam as
well. The newer Discoverer series is redisgned and is a good
performer. I had intended to build a 40 meter beam, based on the
computer aided designs that are in the ARRL Antenna Handbooks, but when
I realized the length of the full sized elements, I replaced my older
HyGain 402BAS with the newer designed Discoverer 7-2. It is
significantly different than the older version, and I have been very
happy with it. They also offer the third element to make it a 3 element
40 meter beam.
Bill Fisher - W4AN wrote:
> I thought I would summarize what I have found so far. I have not made
> decision as of yet.
> 1. M2 - Makes a 3 element full sized yagi on a 4" boom with 3" center
> elements. Rated for 125MPH survival. Weighs 350lbs or so. Cost
> They have also offered to custom build a yagi on a 3" boom with
> to 100MPH for the same price. It's more work for them to custom make
> antenna, thus the price.
> 2. F12 - Doesn't offer a full sized 40M yagi but I have been talking
> with Tom about a custom job using the parts of the elements he uses
> the EF80 80M rotary dipole. Price not determined yet.
> 3. DX Engineering - Bill is out of the antenna business but is still
> doing switches and phasing boxes. He did say that he would build a
> yagi since it did not require the insulators that he used on all his
> other yagis (that became expensive). Cost: $2500 He is not doing it
> full time any more and said that I would have to be patient with
> 4. Texas Towers - Sells the aluminum and Gerald offered to help me
> the design of the elements and the boom.
> It's amazing to me that nobody sells a full sized 3 element 40M yagi
> isn't a custom job, oversized job, or part time job. I know it's a
> limited market, but there are more people making 2 element 80M
> than they are 3el full sized 40M solutions.
> I think each of these sources have their positives and negatives. I
> can't say which is best. I would say this is an individual decision
> I would suggest doing your own research on the subject.
> Bill, W4AN
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