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Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 09:32:09 -0500

Hi Barry,
I went through the same decision a few years ago. I own a Hexbeam and I can 
tell you that it will hang with any of the short boom multibanders. I've come 
to this conclusion competing with locals in pileups.The hexbeam is a compromise 
2 element yagi. How much of a compromise ? A whopping .5 db.  Will you notice 
the difference on the air ? I seriously doubt it. I spoke  to Tom @ force 
12about discernable on air differences between antennas with respect to gain. 
They have a C3SS set up with a C-19 on their antenna range. The antennas are so 
close that little or no difference is perceived. There is about a 1 db 
difference between these antennas. How much gain does it take to notice the 
difference? How low is your noise floor? How good is the rest of your station? 
Thats a hard question to answer. There have been in depth discussions on this 
topic on this reflector. You should also consider if you want the WARC bands.I 
think these are important for DX and to get some breathing room during 
contesting. The 5 band Hexbeam will conservatively speaking present half the 
weight and wind loading of a competive yagi or Log periodic. I use a channel 
master 9515 rotor with no problems ( $130 at AES). You would need something 
like a Yeasu G-800 ( $400) to turn a competing yagi or Log. Just my opinon 
Barry FWIW. Good luck and have fun!  JOHN W3UX

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